Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A New Era?

Olmert at the Kotel before he delivered his victory speech (from

The results of the election in Israel are all but final and Kadima, led by Ehud Olmert, has emerged victorious with 28 seats. Labour obtained 20, Shas 13 and Yisrael Beiteinu 12. Likud has suffered a resounding defeat obtaining 11 (or possibly 12) seats - down from 38 in the last election under Ariel Sharon. Does this mean the end of Bibi?

I will leave it for the pundits to work out whether this is "good for the Jews" but, on first glance, maybe this new party will be a good thing. For too long Likud and Labour have been running the show with the minor parties biting at their heels. Kadima may provide a needed change on the political scene - or it may just be more of the same....