Friday, March 24, 2006

Sharon's Spirit, and Absence, Pervade Election

These two grafs sum up this NYT article on the coming Israeli election.

The focus groups continue to show strong attachment to Mr. Sharon, Mr. Arad said, as a guarantor of security. "Now he's gone, people wonder, 'What will happen to us?' They're looking for someone not with a particular policy statement, but someone who can continue the same path as Sharon."

The effort has been to portray Mr. Olmert and his team "as good enough people to follow in the footsteps of Sharon," Mr. Arad said. "People liked the center, and Sharon promised to build them a home there. They liked the builder. But the wish for the center and the liking of the plans doesn't disappear."

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