For the Sake of Peace, Labor and Kadima Must Merge

Union would bolster two-state solution supporters, keep Israel from clashing with Obama government.

The desired outcome of the election is for Kadima and Labor to merge and work together as a single cooperative faction in the 18th Knesset.

There is two-faceted logic to them working together: It would mean the construction of a 40-seat bloc that would serve as a central axis for any potential coalition, and would return a measure of stability to the political system currently split between medium-sized parties.

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There is no ideological difference between Labor and Kadima that could be a stumbling block to the merge. Both represent combinations of diplomatic restraint and offensive security policies. Their time together in Olmert's Kadima-led government was typified by agreement on the majority of basic issues and differences of opinion mainly centered around personal differences between Olmert and Barak, not ideology.

The merge would bolster those who support a two-state solution with the Palestinians and a peace agreement with Syria, and would hurt the right-wing MKs that would seek to block any such deal.

A center-bloc would prevent the right-wing from expanding settlements, will save Israel from clashing with the Obama administration, and will trash the racist schemes cooked up by Avigdor Lieberman.