Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, October 19, 2007.
It has been said a people gets the government it deserves. Did Israel deserve the Likud-led government of Ariel Sharon when he betrayed the nation by adopting Labor’s “unilateral disengagement” policy, a policy rejected by a vast majority of the public in the January 2003 election?
Quoted by Middle East expert Daniel Pipes, Sharon had warned the nation that “unilateral withdrawal is not a recipe for peace. It is a recipe for war.” Therefore, Pipes denounces Sharon for adopting Labor’s policy of withdrawing from Gaza. Sharon, says, Pipes, is guilty of “reneging on his promises, betraying his supporters, and inflicting lasting damage on Israeli public life.”
Israel did not deserve a turncoat prime minister like Ariel Sharon. Nor does Israel deserve the Kadima prime minister of Ehud Olmert, who is nothing but a shadow of his comatose predecessor. » Continue reading “Israeli Governments Have Betrayed the People: A New Kind of Leadership is Urgently Needed”