JERUSALEM (Feb. 5)
Controversial Knesseter Meir Zorea has resigned from the Democratic Movement for Change (DMC), saying he was fed up with the party’s attempts to curb his moves. Zorea, the most outspoken hawk in the generally dovish DMC faction, announced his resignation last week in the middle of a Knesset party faction session devoted to electing a new faction leadership. His announcement caught his friends by surprise.
Zorea, a former general, always known for his uncompromising moves, had been at adds with his DMC colleagues in the past. During the DMC coalition negotiations with the Likud government he pushed hard toward joining the coalition. When the DMC decided at an earlier stage of the negotiations not to join the coalition, Zorea accused his colleague, Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, in the middle of a press conference of torpedoing the negotiations. Recently he was at adds with Rubinstein over the question of settlements in the West Bank. Zorea is an enthusiastic advocate of massive settlement in the West Bank.