Members50 Shades of Left

There is a book here in Israel titled Why Do You Vote Right and Get Left?

By Tsvi Sadan |
Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90 - Miriam Alster/Flash 90

This question constantly frustrates the right-wingers who wonder why their worldview is not implemented as promised by the governments they have voted into power. As a reminder, it has been primarily rightwing governments that surrendered territory to Egypt and the Palestinians, and the only prime ministers to have taken the extraordinary step of razing Jewish settlements were from the political right, namely, Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu.

This troubling question was not answered by the book, but rather by two former respected politicians–leftist Haim Oron and right-winger Dan Meridor–who did so quite unintentionally. Oron, a hard-core socialist who headed the Meretz party during the 2009 election campaign, has only ever considered his particular old-school version of socialism to be the correct model for Israel. He and his lot were passionately opposed to liberalism. But very recently, Oron admitted to now being a liberal socialist. It was a turning point that signaled loud and clear that these two formerly rival ideologies have realized, at long last, that they are related. Of course, outside of Israel, this familial tie between...

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