Israel: Coming Together

Israel prides itself on being a socialist democracy in which labor is supreme. Of course, there can be too much of a good thing. For the past two years, no fewer than four separate labor parties have played leading roles in Israel's convoluted political life. The most important is Premier Levi Eshkol's Mapai, whose power stems directly from Histadrut, the all-encompassing state labor union. Then there are Achdut Ha 'avodah, a Histadrut splinter party led by Labor Minister Yigal Allon, and Mapam, which leans far to the left. Finally, there is the...

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