I have been mystified by the Barak Lurch for a while. Only a few days ago Barak approved building 112 housing units in a settlement across the Green Line. While within an existing settlement, this cannot help the budding peace talks. A few weeks ago, Barak approved turning the Ariel College in the West Bank into an Israeli University. And of course, Barak did not yet act on an order by the Israeli Supreme Court from years ago to evacuate the settlement Migron built on Arab-owned land. Barak led his labor party into an electoral disaster by losing about 1/3 of its seats, and is expected (by polls) to repeat this feat in the coming elections because traditional Labor voters realize their party has no clear direction on anything.. So what is going on in Barak's head? My speculation is that Barak intends to switch parties and move to either Kadima or, more likely, Likud. Right now he is preparing the ground for being admitted there. And why suffer another defeat for Labor? He will quit the party BEFORE the elections. Just note that Barak is a strategic palnner and tends to (over)plan his moves way in advance.
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