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    • 17.01.11 | 23:09 (IST)

    Barak is prone to taking bold and unexpected moves, which unfortunately for him tend to fail. It was even bolder for him to burn his coalition bridges in 2000, when he went to Camp David. Barak's failures stem from the fact that he does not understand how regular people think. Would his new party have voters among the public? Not many. People don't vote because the leader of the party is a good defense minister. People vote for a party on the basis of their ideological beliefs and economic needs. Near election time, the future of the illusion which is called "Atzmaut" will become clear due to opinion polls. At best, they could garner 2-3 seats in the new Knesset. At worst (and most likely), this party will not make it. The polls may force Atzmaut to try and unite with Likud. Since they don't bring votes, Likud has no need for them, but will accept some on an individual basis. Who can make it there? I think Barak and Maj. Gen. Vilnai might get in because Likud has a dearth of former Generals in the party. Simhon, who is a farmer, might also make it, since Likud has very few farmers. The two other members of Atzmaut, both women, can kiss their political careers goodbye. They have been had, the two fools.

    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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