Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Barak vs. Ayalon

Ehud Barak and Ami Ayalon will compete in a June 12 run-off election to decide who will lead the Labor Party. In yesterday's results, Barak got 35.6% while Ayalon had 30.6%. This suggests to me that voters are looking ahead to the possibility of general elections, with Barak having far more experience in politics than Ayalon, who has just a little over a year in the Knesset. Interestingly, Barak won in Akko and Kiryat Shmona, two of the three cities from the listed results I recognized as being close to the Lebanon border, and hence threatened by Hizbullah rockets based in southern Lebanon. This may indicate that Labor voters still think that withdrawal was the right move.



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