The Israel Labor Party once was led by giants such as David Ben-Gurion or Golda Meier who believed in an Israel which worked with Palestinians to create a prosperous and peaceful Middle East. Yesterday, Ehud Barak, sold out his party and its soul by pushing through his Labor’s convention a proposal to join the right wing racist government of Benjamin Netanyahu who has appointed Avigdor Lieberman as the new foreign minister. Labor will now become part of a coalition government which includes representatives of every demagogue in Israel who believes acting in a bellicose manner is the path to peace with Palestinians.
The people of Israel need opposition party that stands for peace and equality with Palestinians. Now, more than ever, Israel must express a non-racist view which welcomes Palestinians as brothers and sisters. Avigdor Lieberman is a virulent racist who is a disgrace to the history of Israel and its former leaders. Many must be turning over in their graves at news that Labor has joined with the crowd now in charge of the nation.