Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Bull Moose Ariel Sharon

In this story from Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has quit the Likud party and plans to create a new one in time for March elections in Israel. I am no expert in Israeli politics, but this doesn't look good, based on my memory of American history. Is this more like the end of the Whigs and the rise of the Republicans or is this more like Theodore Roosevelt and his split with the Republicans and creation of a third party which put a Democrat (Virginian Woodrow Wilson) in the White House? I know Israel has elections with many parties and a coalition comes afterwards so that the comparison is not exact, but it still is a fair question.

UPDATE: Sharon was somehow able to resist the temptation to name his new party a bisl amuzirn and today registered it as the "Forward" party.

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