Friday, October 14, 2005


What an opposition!

From Ha'aretz:
[A]ccording to a Dialog poll for Haaretz published on Friday.... a large majority of Labor Party members want Sharon to head their party list in the next elections. Sharon enjoys in the poll the suppport of 39 percent who would like him to be the next prime minister, while Labor chairman Shimon Peres inches ahead with a meagre 43 percent of poll participants who think he should be the next prime minister.

The representative sample of 575 out of the approximately 98,000 members also showed that 76.5 percent support Peres' position that the Labor Party should remain in the coalition until the 2006 elections. Only 15.8 percent support the view of the chairman's rival for heading the party, Histadrut labor federation chairman MK Amir Peretz, that the party should leave the government immediately.
And Peres even thinks Sharon could very well have a Nobel prize in his future.

Meanwhile, what are the successes that have propelled Sharon to the leadership of the Likud and Labor? Let's take a look at the main findings of the Peace Index survey that was conducted on September 27-28, 2005, shall we.
At year's end, the public's balance sheet shows Israel faring worse compared to the previous year in nine of 10 main areas of society and the state. The change is especially negative regarding violence and crime (82.5 percent think the situation has deteriorated, 13 percent that it did not change, and 1 percent that it improved) and regarding the gap between rich and poor (82 percent - worsened, 12 percent - did not change, 3 percent - improved).

In third place in the negative ranking is the functioning of the government and the political system, with an assessment of 59 percent, 25 percent and 7 percent, respectively, and after that the economic situation (52 percent, 21 percent and 24 percent). The assessment of change was also negative, in this order, for Jewish-Arab and religious-secular relations, the internal strength of Israeli society, personal economic situation, and the chances of ending the conflict with the Palestinians. Only two issues showed an improvement: Israel's international status (12 percent - changed for the worse, 21 percent - stayed the same, 59 percent - changed for the better) and its security situation (21 percent -changed for the worse, 36 percent - stayed the same and 38 percent - changed for the better). It appears, then, that in the public's eyes Israel's situation deteriorated, to one extent or another, in all the domestic areas that we checked, whereas on foreign and security issues it was only regarding the chances of peace with the Palestinians that things got worse this year, though to a relatively moderate extent (33.5 percent - the situation worsened, 26 percent - no change and 23.5 percent - the situation improved).
And that's the reason there's no need for an opposition party? Did I miss something?

ah, well why not? arafat won a nobel before he started the current intifada. [/sarc]

there will come a time when these israeli dinosaurs die out and a new generation who has known nothing but war and wants nothing but peace will come to power. that will be a beautiful day.
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