What’s Left of the Israeli Left?
On the anniversary of Rabin’s death, a look at the Israeli left
It’s been 17 years since an assassin took the life of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The Israeli left is in such a state of disarray that they could not even fully unite to have a rally in Rabin’s honor.
The truth is that the left-wing leadership has been asleep at the wheel for the past decade, prone to infighting among its ranks and unresponsive to an electorate anxious about Israel’s security. They have abandoned their rhetoric about national security for fear of sounding too dovish, preferring instead to talk about “social justice” as if that were the only issue facing the Jewish state. In so doing, they have allowed for the merger of Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu, since in the absence of any compelling alternative Israel’s body politic has shifted starkly to the right.
Tal Kra-Oz has the story.