Labor joins the rightwing coalition
by Jerome Armstrong, Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 07:02:16 PM EDT
Israel's Labour Party is history. Yglesias sums it up:
It's hard to imagine this being anything other than the end for the remnants of the Labor Party.
680 of Labor Party central committee members voted in favor of joining the coalition, while 570 voted against. The voter turnout stood at 78 percent of the committee members.
"I'm happy that party delegates have decided to enter the government," Ofer Eini, head of the Histadrut labor union and a senior Labor Party operative, told Israel's Army Radio.
But others chanted slogans like "Disgrace" following the announcement.
Labor's 13 seats in the parliament would give Netanyahu a majority of 66 in the 120-seat house. But there is a possibility that the party could split as a result of the vote, and some members might choose to remain in the opposition.