Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Labor Party Primaries

Dry Bones cartoon: Israel's Labor Party Primaries (May 2007).
In yesterday’s first round of voting in the Israeli Labor Party’s primaries no candidate received the necessary 40% of the vote. A second round will be held on June 11th between the top two candidates... Ehud Barak and Ami Ayalon.

To say that the Labor Party Primaries were a disappointment would be an understatement.

Here's what Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick had to say about them:

The frontrunners, former prime minister and IDF chief of staff Ehud Barak, and former Navy commandant and Shin Bet chief MK Ami Ayalon, had no positions to speak of on the issues of the day. They had nothing to say about the Iranian nuclear program. They had nothing to say about Syria's daily threats of war. They had nothing to say about Gaza's post-withdrawal transformation into a mini-Taliban ruled Afghanistan replete with training bases for all the major global terror networks.

Rather than relate to the threats that Israel faces, they showed Israel their faces. They preened before the Labor voters, regaling them with tales of their glory and wisdom. And then each assembled a star-studded array of retired generals and party intellectuals and reporters to tell us how wonderful each of them are and how shallow and corrupt all of the other candidates are. -more

And maybe you'd like to check out the final results as reported in the Shanghai Daily?

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