Likud and Labor Leaders Join Kadima
Just a quick update today on last week's post concerning moderate politics in the US and Israel. For those who are foggy on Israeli politics, the major parties are Labor (liberal), Likud (conservative), and now Kadima (centrist). There is a wide scattering of smaller parties, representing everyone from communists to theocrats to greens, but the three mentioned above are the biggies.
Less than two weeks after long-time Labor leader and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres joined Kadima, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has left Likud to do the same. Says Mofaz:
"The Likud party ... is growing away from me and, to my sorrow, is moving in the direction of what we call the right-wing extremists of the political map," Mofaz said. "When it became clear that the Likud movement was becoming an extremist party, I decided that this was not my way."
Current estimates have Kadima winning about 40 of 120 parliment seats in Israel's March elections. The way momentum is swinging right now, I wouldn't be surprised to see it actually be as high as 60 (and 61 would give them an outright majority). Exciting stuff, if your an extremeist-hating political geek.