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    The Labor party has finally gotten rid of the rot, i.e., Barak and the idea that Labor has no social agenda and is only concerned with security issues. The people left, other than Ben-Eliezer whose ideology is questionable (but who is not seeking the leadership), are all of the social-democratic type and with some sincerity. It takes time to rebuild a party, and now Labor has this time. Netanyahu's government is now stable, but of course will continue to do nothing towards peace, while Israel's international standing will continue to decline (as in South America and elsewhere). It takes time for the PEOPLE to understand what is happening, and when they "get it", they will change the government as happened with Shamir, who was replaced by Rabin. Just for comparison: Tony Blair had some 3 years as head of the opposition, refashioning an outdated Labor party (which insisted, for example, that the "means of production" be nationalized) into New Labor, and succeeded to become PM once people started believing in his sincerity. The Israeli Labor party has a lot of recovery to do. It now has the time to do it.

    from the article: Think Israel's a lost cause? Ten reasons to think again
    First published 16:29 17.01.11 | Last updated 16:29 17.01.11
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