November 09, 2005
Sharon Now a Centrist
Israeli politics confuses me. It would help if I paid attention to it more. But this paragraph from a story on Shimon Peres losing the leadership of the Labour Party to a socialist confuses me:
[Ariel] Sharon, 77, is even considering breaking away to form a centrist party to capitalize on his high approval ratings and broad public support for the Gaza pullout, Israeli media said.
Sharon is now a "centrist" compared to Likud firebrand Benjamin Netanyahu who has been beating him up in the Israeli parliment. It used to be Sharon was supposedly the stalwart man standing in the way of peace.
"Peres Loses Bid to Remain Labour Party Chief"