Gotta disagree here. I don’t see how one electoral victory for “liberal” Zionism will marginalize right-wing Zionism, or provide an opening for anti-Zionism.
We have to parse out the idea that the Zionist Union will be “more obedient to world opinion and the European Union.” Popular opinion around the world is different from the aims of the EU and the United States, who want their “watchdog” in Israel to be back on the leash. Joseph Massad makes a compelling argument that recent EU decisions to recognize “Palestine” are geared towards creating a reservation, under the collaborationist PA, on 22% of Palestine. Pressure from the US, in the form of Kerry’s “apartheid” comment and White House warnings about a “tsunami” of boycotts, have similar aims. They’re trying to resurrect what Adam Hanieh rightly calls the two-state strategy, and the Zionist Union will too. They’ll try to repair the fissure created by rabid right-wing Zionism that’s at odds with the US & EU, a fissure anti-Zionists can exploit.
It’s really hard to believe that right-wing Zionism will suddenly go away with the Zionist Union in power. One defeat will not marginalize them, and J-Street, still excluded from much of anti-Palestinian in the US, will not suddenly take over. They _will_ become more relevant – and that’s a problem.
The impotence of “liberal” Zionism has highlighted its impossible contradictions, forcing people to choose between right-wing Zionism and anti-Zionism, far more coherent positions. Its resurgence could revitalize the two-state illusion that needs to die, pushing the discourse back to the false choice between different strains of Zionism.
I don’t mean to say that a win for the Zionist Union is the end of the world, but I think it does create another hurdle. I would prefer delusional enemies to ones who knows their limits.