Every few months or so there is a yet another development within the Labor Party which leads me to believe that its fortunes cannot sink any lower than they already have. And yet they do. Today brings another example. Ehud Barak, a man desperate to retain political power and the defense ministry portfolio, has reached a tentative agreement with Bibi Netanyahu to bring six of the 13 Labor MKs who support him into the new governing coalition.
The only impediment to Barak’s coup is a vote by the Party’s central committee later today that must ratify the deal. Haaretz reports that the vote will be close. If Barak wins, he will take half the Party’s seats into the new government leaving the other half to cool their heels in the Opposition. I can’t imagine how the two halves can continue to function together. If they don’t, then what happens to the Party itself beyond sinking ever deeper into oblivion?
What is especially disappointing about this development is that Barak has sold the few principles that he and Labor ever had for a mess of porridge consisting of a few ministerial portfolios. His entry into the coalition immediately blunts the criticism of the left and international community that this is a far right coalition undeserving of recognition on the world stage. Barak gives Netanyahu a huge fig leaf to use as cover for the rightist policies he will undoubtedly pursue as prime minister. This is Israeli politics at its crassest and most brazen. The only sleazy element missing here is actual wads of cash changing hands.