For a year now Buji Herzog has been going out of his way to tell us that the Labor Party is not negotiating to join the coalition. It’s all “nonsense.” The Labor Party will not join this government. For a year now it didn’t sound reliable. Why? Because it wasn’t true.
This morning Yossi Verter revealed the draft coalition agreement with the positions the Labor Party was supposed to acquire in return for joining the most extreme right-wing government Israel has ever had. He also revealed the reason the negotiation had failed. It wasn’t that the Labor Party suddenly grew a moral fiber. It failed, embarrassingly, because Netanyahu heard of the corruption allegations against Herzog and changed his mind. For now, the Labor Party isn’t joining the government. For now, because with the Labor, it is always temporary.
I do not think there has ever been a more effective way to transfer votes from left to right. I am thinking about all those left-wing voters who wanted peace, social justice and a different leadership. They voted for Herzog because they believed he will be able to finally replace Bibi. Now, they are forced to see their representatives explain to them that the Right was really right all along, how terrible are the leftists, why we cannot replace Netanyahu right now. Worse yet – I am thinking about these left-wing voters watching their leader lying to them for a year.
I am not gloating, when writing this, I feel a lot of pain and a sense of urgency. I don’t think we should mourn for the Labor Party. I’m sure it will come to its senses. Our camp – more importantly our country -need a leadership that can rise to the challenge of offering an alternative to the right wing rule. We need a leadership that will offer us hope for a better future. The current Labor leadership does not seem to be capable. Neither does it want to.
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Translator: Maya Haber