Likud's Sharp Shift to the Right Is Political Suicide for Netanyahu

The systemic storm that overtook the Likud at the end of two days of foul-up filled primaries has such extreme implications that pundits suggest Netanyahu would need the good graces of FM Lieberman to 'moderate' the final slate a bit.

Back in the mid-1980s, during one of those ugly and brutish power struggles in the Likud, the party chairman and prime minister at the time, Yitzhak Shamir, cried out bitterly: “This is a suicidal movement!” Since then the Likud has only flourished and prospered, but the deeply imprinted tendency among its members to commit hara-kiri from time to time is immutable.