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Monday, November 21, 2005

Making Sense Of Israeli Politics

I think Americans are spoiled by our relatively easy-to-understand system of government. Following the recent political news from the Holy Land is incredibly confusing. Imagine President Bush leaving the Republican Party. Sounds weird, right? Well, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is forming a new party while somehow staying in power. With Sharon no longer head of the party he helped create, seven people have already announced their candidacy to replace him. Meanwhile, Israel's left-wing Labor Party has a completely new leadership and its former leaders, most notably Shimon Perez, may join Sharon. Confused yet? Shmuel Rosner provides "an abbreviated guide to the perplexed".