Israelis Move to the Right
War is good for the hawks. It is true in Gaza, where the recent war has only brought more support to Hamas, not less, and it is true in Israel too.
According to Haaretz:
A Channel 2 election poll revealed on Wednesday that Likud has opened a significant lead over Kadima, which stands at eight seats.Most Israelis, it seems, feel that the war was not pursued far enough. That the IDF should have gone further and struck harder. Sad but true.
According to the poll, in next month's general election Likud will win 30 seats, as opposed to 22 for Kadima. [Last week it was 28 to 24.] Labor under Defense Minister Ehud Barak wins 14 seats, as opposed to 16 in last week's poll.
Avigdor Lieberman's far-right party Yisrael Beiteinu [which advocates expelling Israeli Arabs] has gained unprecedented popularity, and now wins 16 seats. Shas grows stronger too, and wins 11 seats. [There are 120 seats in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament).]
Schar averah, averah, say our sages: the payback for sinning is more sinning.