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  •  I have been waiting too long for the re-emergence (1+ / 0-)
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    of Labor in Israel. It is the country's best hope for a two-state solution and peace.

    I hope her election is truly a sign of the times.

    "Stay close to the candles....the staircase can be treacherous" (-8.38,-8.51)

    by JNEREBEL on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 08:24:15 AM PDT

    •  I'm not sure (1+ / 0-)
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      In addition to her statements on the settlements referred to by the diarist, Labor for the most part has historically been a supporter of the settlements.

      I don't find her own words particularly encouraging:

      •  the comments on the settlements in the linked (0+ / 0-)

        article involve perceived funding cuts that could occur if the schools were moved which could then be invested into education, etc.

        And I believe, under the current government, she is absolutely correct...

        ""Both [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and [former Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert constantly spoke about thinning out the public service. Netanyahu said that the education system is a fat cow that doesn't give milk. When you consider that there is a fat man and a fat cow that doesn't give milk, you don't transfer budgets to them, period, because you think they should be thin or privatized. That is a Thatcherite approach which has nothing to do with the political right or left. What is happening now is so potent that it is shaking off the old discourse that shackles us to the same dogmas and the same rhetoric, but is finally connecting to the truth. Until now that truth has been kept hidden."

        "Stay close to the candles....the staircase can be treacherous" (-8.38,-8.51)

        by JNEREBEL on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 01:06:12 PM PDT

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      •  I agree. Haaretz readers have been all over her (3+ / 0-)
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        including political partners, the debate with her raged for several following editions of Haaretz.

        Saying that the settlements are "not a sin" is a denial of reality. The main sinners have been governments, not individual settlers, but nonetheless.

        However, dealing with Yachimovich is still - not - the same as having to deal with mass-murderer ex-generals like Sharon and Barak, with far-right ideologues like Bibi, or with a wolf in kid's clothing like Livni and Olmert.

        She would be more like  a re-do of the Amir Peretz hope in 2006, probably learning from his mistakes, and - as much time has gone by - more liberated to really change course.

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