The difference today between Labor and Likud lies in no more than temperament and the sense of belonging to a particular camp or social milieu (and these loyalties and sense of belonging are the reason why Labor will not suffer an even greater defeat and humiliation).
Israel Harel is a regular columnist for Haaretz. He is the founder of the Institute for Religious Zionism at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which he headed until 1995.
Harel began working as a journalist in the 1960s, as a young contributor to the Eretz Yisrael Movement's newspaper, This is The Land.
He went on to serve as managing editor of the Hayom daily and in 1972 became the assistant editor for the weekend edition of Ma'ariv, at the time the most widely read newspaper in Israel. In addition to that position, Harel also worked as an investigative reporter on Israeli corruption.
In 1991, Harel was asked by Haaretz to contribute an occasional column and to write as a guest journalist. When Chanoch Marmori took over as editor-in-chief, Harel's column became weekly, and it has appeared every Thursday since.
The Likud government promised "peace and security" and is unable to put an end to terrorism. The economy and society are in a bad way, and the Likud and Ariel Sharon are stained by corruption. In any normal country, this would be more than enough to hand the ruling party a crushing defeat.
Part of the NRP's effort is to "bring home" those who plan to vote for more right-wing parties. In my opinion, this is a waste of time. It would be better to focus on the Likud. According to its own assessment, that's where most of the religious voters are.
This is how Israeli society treats itself: When the Central Elections Committee (CEC) approved the candidacy of Baruch Marzel, there was an outpouring of condemnation. "This decision was made by third- and fourth-rate politicians," was the learned opinion expressed by journalists.
Even after 10 fatalities, including a father and his son, in Ofra people have a hard time getting used to it. When the news came that Yossi Rund had been injured north of the settlement, there was great anxiety. It's not fair, stamped one of the members of the emergency committee.
Despite continuing efforts to uproot, or dirty the past the journey continues back to the roots, at least to the songs that were among those that shaped the process of the return to Zion.
Kurtzer is an involved ambassador, too involved, especially in issues that are controversial in Israel, such as the settlements. Kurtzer would surely protest. It is not his opinions that he is expressing, but rather those of the United States. Not true.
A few months ago the NRP crowned Effi Eitam to rule over it. His main objective: to bring home those who had abandoned the party but identify themselves as part of religious Zionism. For every religious Zionist who votes for the NRP, they found in the party, there are at least three or more who vote for other parties.
Amram Mitzna was not elected on the waves of a new and exciting vision; it was the bulldozer of despair that determined the decision. Is this the new, visionary ideological breakthrough that is emerging, via the new leader, from the Labor Party? No, it's the result of the fear, the loss of bearings and the weakness that the terror has sown among the Labor Party members.
After the massacre at Kibbutz Metzer, members of the community who were interviewed in the media expressed the following general sentiment: Were it not for the failures of the government, it wouldn't have happened. "Only the occupation is to blame for the terror" kibbutz members were quoted as saying.