Professor Avi Degani, the CEO of the well-known polling organization Geocartographic Institute, feels that the notion of left and right, other than in the extremes, is disappearing and that a sense of “Social Securitism” is emerging. He points to the 85 Knesset seats garnered by Likud, Kadima, Labor and Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is our Home) party as evidence that people want to vote for who they believe will provide a safe and secure environment for their country and family. He says that all of the parties talk about addressing “social needs” and that the left is not perceived as “leading in caring of the workers and the weaker elements of our society.”It's easy from here to view every Israeli election in terms of peace prospects. But, as with the election of Hamas among the Palestinians, this is at best only half the story. Bob says a lot of interesting things in there. I hope he's right about many of them.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The role of the 'Left' in Israel
Got this in my email today from Ameinu President, Kenneth Bob: