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    • Niall
    • 15.08.06 | 10:51 (IDT)

    There was a time in Israel where the left were strong. Strong in the military, with many army officers coming from the kibbutz movement, becoming Generals, and laterly entering politics and making life long contributions to the guidance of the state. The left were out manouvered by the right, and it started to become obvious during Shamirs' premiership, when the kibbutz movement sowed the seeds of their own destruction. Debt has destroyed or permanently changed many of these communities, young kibbutzniks left their homes in droves. Army service started to be seen as a chore. Where as on the right, the NRP promoted it's people into positions of leadership, into officer training and are now very active in the fabric of government. The slip in leftist political influence has proceeded in lock step with the slip in leftist contribution to the army. Not even Rabins' last government did anything to assist the kibbutzim, and now the left is reaping the consequential reward.

    from the article: With such a left, who needs a right?
    First published 00:00 15.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 15.08.06
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