TEL AVIV (May. 18)
Last night’s election results should have brought jubilation to the leaders and ranks of the Democratic Movement for Change (DMC), the new faction headed by archaeologist Yigal Yadin, which did not exist a year ago and is, today, Israel’s third largest political party. But the spark was missing.
DMC’s hope for a role as the balance of power in the formation of a new government failed to materialize. It had expected a much closer contest between Labor and Likud. In that event, it would have been in a powerful bargaining position, joining a coalition with whichever of the two larger parties agreed to accept its terms. But the magnitude of Labor’s defeat has deprived DMC of much of its leverage.