Israel Shifts to the Center

It’s not easy to decipher the fluid Israeli electorate. On the one hand, polls suggest a major shift to the right, with the centrist party Kadima and the conservative Likud roughly tied for the lion’s share of the Knesset, while the traditional-left Labor party has descended to competing with all the other second-tier parties such as Shas, Yisrael Beiteinu, and Meretz. On the other hand, in terms of actual policy prescriptions, the center has itself moved dramatically to the left, with Kadima advocating the creation of a Palestinians state close to the pre-1967 borders and, apparently, the ceding of the Golan Heights in exchange for peace with Syria–positions that just a decade ago were considered far-left.

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