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Sharon's New Party
By Micah Halpern

Monday November 21, 2005

I've Been Thinking:

A sitting prime minister is abandoning his political party and creating another.

Actually, the reason Ariel Sharon is abandoning Likud, the party he named and helped create, is because he feels that a core group of colleagues in the party hierarchy have abandoned him and dissed him. He is right.
Sharon has been tethered and hamstrung by party members who do not and could not accept his Vision of the Future.
The point was brought home over the Gaza Withdrawal -- swords were drawn and resentment was so thick that you needed them to cut the air.

Sharon knows that the nation is with him.
He knows that without party rebels he can fulfill his agenda.
Friday's polls have Sharon gaining 28-30 Knesset seats in his own, new, party.
They have Likud getting many fewer seats.

My analysis gives Sharon an easy win with the entire middle of the country - rightwing and leftwing - giving him 35 of the 120 in Knesset seats.
He will have a freer hand and his dissenters will be further marginalized, fighting for the 10% of voters who embrace the right.

This is ground breaking. I can't wait to learn the name he gives his new party.

4 June 2017 12:14 PM in Thoughts

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