In the wake of the Israeli elections this past May, there has been much talk to the effect that lists such as the Sephardi-religious Shas party and Avigdor Lieberman’s Russian-oriented Yisra’el Beitenu (“Israel Is Our Home”)—whose success was based on a radical critique of the country’s courts and police force—constitute a grave threat to Israel’s democratic fabric. The real problem, however, lies not in the success of the smaller parties, but in the failure of the larger ones; not in the fact that Shas captured 17 out of the Knesset’s 120 seats, but that Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s victorious One Israel list (heir to the Labor party) could muster no more than 26 seats. The demise of Labor, and the parallel collapse of the Likud party to just 19 seats, may augur the end of the two-party system in Israel. (to read more)

Ofir HaivryAzureonline  ©2016

(Note: even if wrote on 1999  it can tell to us a lot about the Israeli internal politics)