Hmmm... leaving a party because it's going too right wing, who does that remind me of?
Seriously, though - even though the article says that new parties don't usually have a history of success in Israel, it also says that polls are favorable:
Opinion polls showed the biggest gamble of Sharon's long political career could pay off, giving his new -- and so far unnamed -- party 30-33 seats in the 120-member parliament, enough to virtually assure him a third term.I don't think that the US really can have a viable third party yet. What makes it possible in Israel and not here? Is it the popularity of Sharon? Is it the fact that Israel is a much younger country, and they've never been limited to a 2-party system, so that the concept of a new party isn't as shocking to people? Either way, when I think about all the talk of partisan politics today, I find myself wishing we could think more like Israel. With a system that had more than 2 parties supported by reasonable numbers of people, maybe less name-calling would ensue.
The more I write on this subject, the more I'm beginning to think that I'm fooling myself. Oh, well. It was a nice idea.