Ehud Barak, leader, for the time being, of the Labor Party, told Israel’s Channel 2 that he was in favor of joining forces with Avigdor Lieberman in Bibi Netanyahu’s new government. He must be delusional to claim that other Labor MKs agree with him and want to abandon moral and political principles to jump into bed with a ranting racist (Lieberman) and right-wing Friedmanite supply-sider (Netanyahu):
…Barak said on Friday he was willing to join a government led by prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu of the right-wing Likud party.
“Most of the people and members of the Labour party demand the formation of a broad government of national unity“…
The Israeli media has already bruited the possibility that Barak will jump ship to become defense minister in the new government and bolt from Labor. This is a distinct possibility.
He seems to be playing a game of chicken with the Party believing he is so integral to its existence that a threat to leave it in the dust to join the government would force other MKs to go along with him. This too seems delusional thinking on his part. Though his desertion of the Party would be yet another blow and endanger its long-term viability. But Barak’s staying with the Party and going into Opposition would merely slow a general deterioration of Labor’s prospects. Really, it matters little what Barak does.
Clearly, like the old Shimon Peres who led Labor into endless national unity governments, thereby running the Party’s credibility into the ground with the liberal-left electorate, Barak is only in it for himself. The idea of “Party” seems a quaint notion of yesteryear. It’s every ex-general for himself in this dog-eat-dog political world. Principle? Whoever heard of that?