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Labor Party chairman, Avi Gabbay (right), with party member Tal Russon, seen as the results in the Israeli general elections are announced, at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv, last week.

Clearly, the most significant feature in this election was the continuing disappearance of the traditional Left establishment. Labor – the party of Ben-Gurion and Golda – received five seats. Meretz, the Left’s most ideologically pure party, won four seats.

The Left’s over half-century monopoly of power is almost entirely gone. This is a transition of truly historic dimensions. The Left’s downfall began with the election of the first ever non-Labor government in 1977, and the last nails in its coffin are being hammered in before our eyes.


The press, academia, and celebrities still cling to their illusions, but their influence is fading fast. In power for decades, leftists are now finding themselves fighting desperately for minority rights. Their own.

A country where Jews want to live as much as possible like non-Jews is becoming a Jewish country where Jewish identity and tradition are paramount. This is the road we are now on. There is little room on this road for those who strive to marginalize Jewish tradition and identity or for those who try to understand our enemy’s hatred for us.

The Left has always winked at the Arab sector with secret deals and promises of favors in return for their vote. It has never been acceptable to openly court them. Today, that has changed. The courting is done quite openly. The Left has to get votes where it can as its Jewish base is dwindling.

After its dismal showing in the elections, the head of Meretz said, “It is time for Meretz to join forces with the Arab parties of Israel in an open coalition.” Yes, that is where things are headed. On one side, the Jews. On the other, the “Israelis,” including anti-Zionist Arabs.

When a reporter asked leftist icon Shimon Peres who won the election in 1996, he replied, “The Jews.” When the confused reporter asked him who lost, he replied, “The Israelis.”

Peres understood the trend even then.

We are not far from the day when Israeli and Jewish identities will harmoniously merge. The Jewish state and the state of the Jews are finally becoming one.


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Shalom Pollack, a veteran Israeli tour guide, served in the Israeli Navy and lectures on the Mideast.