Friday, September 1, 2006
The cracks widen
I think that Amir Peretz, former onward-follow me leader of the Histadrut, Israel's enormous labor union, is finally returning to his "old self." I don't think it's my imagination that since he was elected head of the "establishment" Labor Party and then joined Olmert's coalition being given the "prestigious" Defense Ministry, he was trying to "fit in."
Remember that as union leader, he'd stop the country's traffic or paralyze all the ports, stopping all imports and exports with the ease of Lance Armstrong cycling down a gentle hill.
As "hotshot politician" he became the patsy for the defense debacle this summer here in Israel. He stood by powerless, though he is the Defense Minister, while his city, Sderot has been attacked for months now.
Now in the midst of demands from right, left and center that an official commission to investigate the IDF's handling of the war be established, Peretz announced that he agrees. He didn't consult with anybody. Finally he's waking up and showing some backbone, some leadership.
To make things clear, he's far from being my favorite politician, but considering his position in Olmert's government, his announcement is very important.
Things are starting to look very interesting....