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    • Yonatan
    • 10.11.05 | 20:28 (IST)

    Don't worry, Fagin, Peretz won't return to the socialism that prevailed until the '70s. The Zeitgeist has changed, and many of the organs that existed then -such as the Hevrat Ovdim - are either defunct or fading. Moreover, Peretz defines himself - most lately this morning - as a social democrat, which is not the same as a socialist, and he is for a free economy, because he understands that's the only way Israel can thrive. He doesn't want to alientate big business. As Ariel Sharon said when he became PM, "things you see from here, you don't see from there". Leadership becomes tempered by realism. Remember, it was Menahem Begin that gave up Sinai; ot was Ariel Sharon that gave up Gaza; and it's going to be Amir Peretz who will, hopefully, make changes in the social welfare system the Likud couldn't carry through.

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    First published 00:00 10.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 10.11.05
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