The Labor Party threat to quit the government in protest of the Monday night Cabinet meeting has passed. Industry and Trade Minister Dalia Itzik said, \"There are plenty of reasons to quit the government, and we will bring these up to the Prime Minister, but designating the PA a terrorist-supporting entity is not one of them.\"

It could also be that the party\'s decision-makers are under the influence of a study showing that the Labor rank-and-file are not happy with their representatives\' shift to the extreme left of the Israeli spectrum. As reported yesterday, the party members sense \"shame and de-legitimization when taking part in public discourse\" in light of the failures of Oslo and Camp David, want to \"re-connect to \'Israeli-ism\' and to be identified once again with patriotism and Zionism,\" and are pleased with Ariel Sharon\'s leadership.