Ok, not such a catchy title, but nonetheless apt. Peres, long, long, LONG time member of the labour party (61 years, 46 of those spent as an MK) resigned his post at age 82. The apparent cause? Disgust with party politics and a strong desire to back political rival and personal friend
the fat manSharon and his newly formed party, Kadima. Peres said:
I found myself faced with a contradiction between the party of which I am a member and the realities of the political situation…Without ignoring the deep connection that I have to the party’s historical path and its members, I must prefer the more urgent and greater consideration.
Interpretation: I (Peres) am angry with labour and in no small part because I lost the party leardership to Amir Peretz (they sound the same but are different names!)
Peres then joined with Sharon, claiming:
In the current political structure, advancing the peace process is possible only through a coalition for peace and development and in my view the man best suited to lead such a coalition, based on proven results, is Prime Minister Ariel Sharon…I spoke with Mr. Sharon and I am convinced that he is determined, as I am, to continue with the peace process and restart it immediately after the elections. He is open to creative ideas for achieving peace and security. I decided therefore to support his election and cooperate with him to realize these goals.
This is a serious coup for Sharon who (rather ungraciously to Muffti’s mind) claimed:
Peres has joined us, not the other way around, and he has to accept our platform.
Interetation: We ain’t no labour lefties. We’re tough and firm and even labour’s main man is disgusted to the point that he rather join Kadima than stick it out under some morrocan guy.
Likud, still recovering from Sharon’s departure, went on the offensive even mentioning the ‘O’ word:
I have no doubt that Likud voters will prefer the nationalist, security path of Likud over a list that includes Peres and former ministers Haim Ramon and Dalia Itzik, who were among the leaders of the Oslo process and the path back to 1967 borders.
Those words, spoken by Mofaz, capped the sentiments of likud towards Kadima and their ol’ Boss.
Labour had some sharp words as well:
Labor is the peace party, and Peres saying he left Labor for peace is pathetic…It’s unfortunate that, after Peres did so much for the state, he will be remembered for abandoning his political home for a party of careerists and people with personal interests.
Tough words, MK Paz-Pines! Offensive as a hint o’nip on Jewlicious!
Not to be left out, Meretz chimed in with the following:
Peres was right to leave the ideological supermarket of Labor, but he made a grave mistake when he joined the new supermarket of Sharon, who is selling only goods whose expiration date has passed.
Never let it be said that Yossi Beilin can’t extend a metaphor.
Muffti is pretty excited. With the dissolution of PM Martin’s governement in Canada, he has two dirty, mudsligny elections to look forward to (though both will get little coverage in the US press where he lives. Thanks a lot, ZOG media manipulators!)
How does Kadima look? Comprehensive polls taken last week suggest that they looking pretty good. Kadima (according to one poll Muffti saw) stands to win some 33 seats, while Labour takes about 26. The big losers? Likud. Of course, there is much time left to go but the ball seems to be in the fat man’s court, just where he likes it.