LIKUD/LABOR/KADIMA FOR DUMMIES….Israeli parliamentary politics is so Byzantine that I usually have no idea what’s really going on when, say, prime minister Ariel Sharon leaves the party he co-founded three decades ago, sets up a new one, and is then joined by the former leader of the Labor opposition. Is it really what it seems, or are there deep underground currents which only the cognoscenti understand?

I’m not sure, but over at Reality-Based Community Jonathan Zasloff has a brief summary that’s both plausible sounding and easy to understand. Check it out for a bit of informed background on what’s going on.

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