Amir Peretz's Defection: Did Livni Win a Jackpot or a Can of Worms?

The surprise defection of a Labor heavyweight further aggravates the divisions in the center-left. Losers abound, but the winner is one: Netanyahu.

Shelly Yacimovich's Labor and Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah are gripped in a destructive struggle for the same voter base and for the role of the main challenger to Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud. According to any political logic, they should join forces. But neither woman has worked to get where she is just to allow her rival to take the lead. Instead of focusing their efforts on Netanyahu, they are expending...