With so much at stake in the
Survival of the Foulest
In any case, Israeli politicos have their elections to worry about. Olmert has been able to postpone his misgovernment’s downfall by incorporating into his cabinet the foul Avigor Lieberman. As occupation and terror continues, bottom feeders on all sides are strengthened. The Palestinians have the likes of Hamas, but the Israelis have to contend with Avidgor Lieberman, whose “‘Da Lieberman’ reminds one of similar historical salutes”. Because of the necessities to ensure his short-term political survival, Olmert made a grave error, far more damaging to
The silence of the leadership of mainstream Jewry in the world, in view of the legitimization of a person such as Lieberman, undermines the moral high ground they hold in the struggle against Israel-haters throughout the world. If a Jewish politician who aspires to transfer an Arab minority across the border can sit in an Israeli cabinet, why should an anti-Semite not sit in an Austrian government? Let's hear it for the Haiders.
There is an ongoing discussion among Ghassan, Amir, and others about Yvet’s real intentions regarding the Palestinians. would like to add my 2 cents here; behind any talk about territorial “adjustments” and population “transfers” lays an important fact; the need for Israel to secure water-rich territory, and the source of more than 30% of its freshwater.
This is highlighted in many publications in the
And some logic behind the accords, and the settlement-buidling...
Rise of Likud
It is in a bid to consolidate his government that Olmert asked Avidgor Lieberman to join “the government and blocking [other’s] own way in to the government”. The Term of the 17th Knesset will last until 2010, but “only one of the last 8 Knesset assemblies completed its full term”. This one might try to muddle through, but it is unlikely to survive beyond the next
Once considered “passé”, the Likud is making a helluva comeback under Benjamin Netanyahu. Many of those Kadima MK’s are desperately trying to win back favour with the Bibi and his cohort. The scandals are not forgotten, but an increasing number of Israelis now consider that, while “Bibi” may have been a crook, at least he was competent.
War or Peace?
On the Long run, the Israeli politicians need to think beyond the news cycle and answer a simple question. No, it is not whether they want “War” or “Peace”; either War or Peace are but means to an end. The question they need to ask themselves is; what “end” do they want to reach?
To paraphrase ex-US President Lyndon B Johnson on J. Edgar Hoover; “It’s probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in”. LBJ knew how to keep people close, his potential enemies even closer, and in line.