Israeli Elections: How the Left Could Win
Natan Sachs says that for the Israeli left to win an election, it needs four things to happen:
- The incumbent right wing must be in trouble in its own right--Netanyahu is unpopular among the Israeli public, though not as much as he was when he was defeated in 1999.
- The left must shift and sharpen the debate to economic issues--Labor has successfully positioned itself as the voice of a left-leaning economic agenda.
- The left must present a credible, centrist alternative on national security issues--Labor has sought to alleviate its disadvantage on security issues by picking former Major General Amos Yadlin as its candidate for defense minister.
- The left must have a credible leader to capitalize on the right wing's decline--Herzog is much more popular in the Knesset than Netanyahu, but this may not be enough to form a coalition.
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