Saturday, July 23, 2005

Israeli Leftists increasingly recognize the dangers posed by "disengagement"

Strangely enough, opposition to Sharon's cowardly plan to appease the terrorists thru the handing over of Jewish villages in Gaza to the Hamas seems to come predominantly from outstanding figures of the Israeli Left, rather than the Right.

The list of the leftists voicing their opposition to the surrender plan is illustrous:

"Labor Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami, General Security Chief Ami Ayalon, Air Force Commander Gen. Eitan Ben-Eliyahu, IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Uzi Dayan, IDF Intelligence Chief Gen. Shlomo Gazit, Mossad directors Ephraim Halevy and Shabtai Shavit."

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And instead of basing their arguments on feelings and ideology, they came to their conclusion thru rational considerations, like the left-wing columnist Danny Rubinstein of the liberal newspaper Ha'aretz, who felt compelled to write on Monday:

“The time has come for those who favor the unilateral disengagement from Gaza to think again, because it may be that the entire issue is not worthwhile—and not for the ideological reasons that it is forbidden to uproot settlements or to give up parts of the homeland.
The argument for second thoughts stems from the events of recent days, which raise fears that a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza is causing serious security damage to Israel.

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Truer words have seldom been spoken ... I hope some leading figures inside the Likud will read this and reconsider their decision to commit national suicide for the sake of vague and naive hopes of diplomatic advantages, or whatever they hope to gain from this surrender to terrorism.


At 1:36 PM, Blogger Eran said...

As usual, they recognize the dangers only when it's far too late..
Well, I hope that if it will fail and we'll survive it they'll learn their lesson. I want to know their opinion for the " palestinian will for peace " after that.

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Axel Bavaria said...

Isn't it the case, Eran, that the Right in Israel lacks decisive leadership ?

I mean, who did speak out against the disengagement ?

Moshe Ya'alon, former IDF chief of staff, did - but he ain't no politician, he was a soldier.

Benjamin Netanyahu did, but only to a very limited extent - he toned it down to an almost inaudible level for fear of losing his place in Sharon's government.

So who of the political right did not simply go along like a sheep with what Sharon told 'em ?

At 9:08 AM, Blogger Axel Bavaria said...

PS: With "decisive leadership" I mean the skills of leading rather than a single leader ... I mean the ability of individuals to stand up against what runs contrary to their convictions.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Eran said...

There was only one great rightist leader, Menahem Begin. The one and only. Yes, it does lack. Moshe Yaalon was in the way of being a leader but they cut his career very quickly because he disagreed with Ariel Sharon and the set up Dan Halutz that does what he's told. Yaalon was giving interviews and attacking terrorists, he knew how to use the IDF. Halutz just got what Yaalon left him to deal with and that's not much because Yaalon festroyed the terror net of the Hamas, he's the one that eliminated their leaders. Halutz does nothing. I think he's a puppet of Sharon and Mofaz.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Eran said...

It's not the Likud. Most of the Likud is against it, but those who rule it force it with threats that they'll be sacked. The Likud will fire Sgaron very soon and he'll send Boogy Yaalon to the top of the party.


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