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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.