The Economist is no friend of Israel, in my estimation. However, its take on the Labor Party’s departure from the national unity government is quite similar to those of the Jerusalem Post and DebkaFile that appear below. The Economist notes that Labor Party leader Ben-Eliezer had been looking for a pretext to leave the govenment for some time, in order to bolster his sagging popularity within his party. It reports that Sharon has said he may replace Ben-Eliezer as Defense Minister with retired General Shaull Mofaz, who has advocated deporting Arafat (I’m not holding my breath on that one). The Economist predicts that the next election will produce a new coalition government.
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