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    • peter rouget
    • 15.09.09 | 20:01 (IDT)

    The majority is never right, and the left doesn't have to garner big numbers or public relations gimmicks with spin to do it's job. Let me tell you a true story to make the point: Norman Thomas was the perennial Socialist Candidate in America in the first half of the 20th century. He was asked pointedly, at the end of his career, how come you ran repeatedly when you never garnered more than 2% of the vote? Thomas replied: When I first ran they said I was a mad anarchist, when I ran again they said I was a dirty Communist. The third time, a lousy Socialist. The fourth time, Roosevelt adopted my entire program in the New Deal. So, friends, what's important is that members of the left articulate clearly the moral and practical points they are making accurately. And in fact, Bibi has turned dramatically left, now, after decades of denial, speaking of the possibility of a Palestinian state side by side with Israel. The left will prevail by truth, not numbers. Baruch ha Shem.

    from the article: A pragmatic vision for Israel's Left: A reply to Benny Morris
    First published 16:22 15.09.09 | Last updated 16:09 13.11.09
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