Sharon's dream of having Peres control the Labor for another year, for him, is dead. Now instead Labor has become a problem and that problem is asking for early elections or else they will force them on him. So how early would Sharon like this election? He is looking good in the polls, the same polls that gave Peres a 28% lead the night before the Labor elections(ha ha ha ha ) so polls may not be the best indicator in Israel. They seem to be highly politicalized depending on who's produce them. So will Sharon need time to explain to the unemployed, single mothers, pensioners, poor in general, new immigrants etc , that he really is their best choice? Will he need time to stop the bloodletting of the Likud voters of oriental origions? Will he need time or will he go for as early elections as possible, banking on that Peretz will be rather "unknown" to the electorat as a party leader and untried as a politician in power? Well that sounds good, fast early elections, but for the fact that Sharon doesn't have a party that supports him. He will have to create one and that will take some time, time that Peretz will use wisely(darn). Attempts to buy off Peretz have failed already and reality sets in, "he isn't anything like Shimon". A 'major breakthrough', that's what Amir Peretz means in Hebrew and at last there is a man that understands that sitting in Sharon's lap, is sitting in Sharon's lap and NOT "working to moderate from the inside", well isn't that a 'major breakthrough' then what is? The first of May would be a good day for Labor to re-establish it's roots with the electorate. 'We are the Labor party and we are back. Sorry about that detour'. Peretz is all for a market economy, but not for a slave market. Social justice and a safety net for the very poor is basic. Mandatory pensions and a minimum wage that allows one to actually live on, will cost less than the bloody occupation. Suddenly there's a choice 'Blood or Peace'.
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from the article: Analysis / Fold up the road map