Monday, August 22, 2005

Regarding "After Gaza, challenges all around", IHT, August 22, 2005: Like most leftwing Israelis, who have been Ariel Sharon's political opponents for almost three decades, I support his efforts to get us out of Gaza and four Westbank settlements. You have to know quite a bit about Israel society and politics to appreciate the physical and political courage required of that man during the last two years. It is far from being a perfect plan, it does not end the occupation yet, and it might very well be that when it was conceived not all of Sharon's motives were totally kosher. Nevertheless, if something so important for Israel's wellbeing is being done - even for the wrong reasons and maybe not exactly in the right way - I do not see any reason not to support it. As bad as the occupation is for the Palestinians, in the end it is even worse and more destructive for the state of Israel. If only the Palestinians ever had had one or two national leaders of the same personal calibre as Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon - men whose lives were dedicated to fighting the other side, but who realized that to win the war for their people total victory is not a feasible option -, we might already be living right next to a prosperous and peace-loving Palestinian state.

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