This piece is a prime example of why the hard-Right in Israel always loses - and if this is the way the Likud leadership continues to think, the Likud is truly doomed to become a small sectarian party, or indeed to disappear entirely. Arens blames everything for the Likud's abysmal failure - everything, that is, except for the Likud's clearly articulated policies and the personality and character of Bibi Netanyahu. The policies are obviously discredited, as is Netanyahu. The idea that all the Likud Central Committee sleazebags either jumped ship to Kadima or else stayed behind as Kadima moles is arrant nonsense. The Likud Central Committee is notoriously right-wing, far more so than the Likud electorate (until the last election, at least - when most of that electorate jumped to Kadima). Further, many of the nonentities who became Likud MK's in the last Knesset were far more right-wing than Ariel Sharon; the idea that these newbie MK's were left-wing plants is laughable.
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from the article: What happened to the Likud?