What’s amazing is that Kadima was the creation of Ariel Sharon (former Likud), and that this supposed “centrist” party is the new opposition, Likud lives, Labor has been marginilized, and Netanyahu (given new 2012) elections may become ever more right-wing.
Let’s hope it happens. Mind you I am an American observing from the outside. Israelis, especially Israeli freepers may see things differntly..
The Palestinians never miss a chance to miss a chance. When Sharon split from Likud and formed Kadima that was the opportunity to strike a deal. Sharon unilaterally withdrew from Gaza. But the Palestinians remained hung up on who he was - while the Israelis continued to deal with Arafat they wouldn’t deal with Sharon.
Of course it seems they won’t deal with anyone. They didn’t deal with Rabin or Barak or Lipni or Sharon or Netanyahu....