Hello Danite, After 9 years of a Sharon leadership (2010), with only power tactics and no peace process, I wouldn't count Beilin as a sure loser. He is not too popular now, mostly due to Oslo, but then things are already changing. Lately, Olmert shocked Likud by saying something good about Oslo's historical contribution. There will be more. I take it that Beilin will need help. One big help will be Peretz. He will keep the party true to its ideology. Another can be Amnon Shahak, a former Chief of Staff of the IDF and very respected by the people. He aided Beilin in negotiating the Geneva accords. A party has all kinds of characters, including political street fighters and hatchet men. (To bring a terrible example, Dubbya Bush the dummy was elected without qualification and without being a great street fighter. You can get off this point. Beilin is smart.) Regarding Peretz, I suggest you read Gideon Levy's interview with Yossi Beilin in the Week's End section. His future as leader has to be questionable.
Clashes between IDF and protesters in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem (Reuters)
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