Monday, December 13, 2010

The Associated Press' Israeli Center: Ehud Barak and the Labor Party

In a news article titled "Israel's Leader Does Not Want to Share Jerusalem," Amy Teibel considers Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's opposition to dividing Jerusalem and contrasts it with the position of Ehud Barak. According to Teibel:

Netanyahu's defense minister Ehud Barak of the centrist Labor Party, called for sharing Jerusalem with the Palestinians. But a government official said Barak's idea does not reflect the government's view.

So let me get this straight; Ehud Barak and the Labor Party are the center of Israeli politics? Yes I recognize that Netanyahu and the Likud are the Israeli right. Right now he is under attack from those even further on the Israeli right for not taking a stronger stance against the Palestinians. I would see Kadima as a centrist party with its willingness to remove many settlements regardless of a peace agreement. That leaves Labor as the Israeli left with its commitment to seeing the Palestinians as equal partners in the peace process. So what makes Labor the center beyond holding positions supported by the author of the article?

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