Following the announcement of the merger of Likud and Yisrael Beytenu (see here) there has been an unsurprising storm of comment. I was especially drawn to the following by Mike Lumish at Israel Thrives:
Speaking strictly for myself, I feel no particular need to rush into judgment on this.
All that I know for certain is that the left refuses to recognize the failure of the Oslo peace process, blames their fellow Jews for Palestinian refusal to accept a state for themselves in peace next to Israel, and in the United States, supports a president who helped bring a genocidally anti-Semitic organization into power in the much larger neighboring state of Egypt.
So naturally the mainstream Israeli right is consolidating power and the Israeli left has gotten decimated.
The western left has killed the Israeli left.
Like Mike, I am in no hurry to decide if this is good or bad. But because I think his analysis of the left wing parties in Israel is accurate, I am expecting a response from that quarter. Will those left wing leaders be able to put their egos on hold long enough to form a single faction? Fascinating. Especially fascinating for me, as I play catchup in learning about Israeli politics.