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Where is Israel going to?

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Submitted by Robert J Kennedy (Canada), Feb 4, 2004 at 03:11

I read with immense regret that the path the Sharon government took regarding the return of one live and three deceased persons to their place of origin, was seemingly, a path leading directly into the abyss.

I recall with a sense of immense pride, the Israel of the early 60,s. A country so small that it could almost fit inside one of several of Americas' larger cities, and whose total population was well matched to those same cities. The Israel I remember, with immense pride, is one that was at the apex in its ability for self-defense. Defense, in such a supreme manner that other countries of the world looked upon it in awe. How could so small a country be so adept at maintaining its survival while being totally surrounded by implacable enemies who freely state their sole aim is the complete and utter annihilation of Israel. An Israel capable of responding to and winning a war that from the outset seemed a forgone conclusion. Settled in a way that was to have annihilated Israel from the Middle East forever. An Israel that responded so dramatically and positively to a much greater military challenge. An Israel that showed the world even small countries can be capable of great things. But, as with all great things, resolve of those participating must be strong and resolute, otherwise the chance of success is slight.

How then can such a country fall so dramatically and so quickly? Surely there must be something unseen that supports Ariel Sharon in his decision to allow such a seemingly lopsided exchange. I certainly hope so. For myself, I am witnessing a country that appears to be in turmoil. Israel seems to be responding to terrorists' actions by adding fuel to the blaze. What positive purpose, particularly in the long range, does this exchange represent? It seems to give all to the same avowed enemies who have sworn to the total destruction of Israel. It boggles ones mind to view these happenings with a gaze and attitude more fitting to a play on Broadway! King David must surely be viewing this process with utter contempt. He faced what seemed insurmountable odds with nothing more than a sling and a stone. How then, can the leader of Israel, who has at his disposal far more than a mere sling and stone, allow such a once proud country to teeter so dramatically on the edge of the abyss? Where, once fallen into, may be to deep to extricate oneself from.

The picture being seen by the world is none other than one of a country in total disarray. Who then will step forward and return it on a path to its former glory?

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being able to understand a couple of things [110 words]peter caveFeb 26, 2004 10:0614001
The Tide Has Turned!! [55 words]david cohenFeb 20, 2004 21:5313958
Hezbollah wins one [62 words]Peter J. HerzFeb 12, 2004 04:1413853
SWAP OF DETAINEES [35 words]KHALAF ASKHAROUNFeb 10, 2004 19:2313832
Re:prisoner swap [165 words]Cheryl PineFeb 7, 2004 16:5013801
Factual writer [30 words]Poonam BhatiaFeb 7, 2004 13:3513799
Has Sharon lost his mind? [75 words]Mike HindsFeb 6, 2004 13:1113790
Did the Soldiers Want This Done? [74 words]Pat KunzFeb 6, 2004 11:4813787
How many more?? [120 words]Ray ExleyFeb 6, 2004 00:1913780
Shocked [171 words]Alex M. Bar-Elan (nee Berlin)Feb 5, 2004 20:1213773
"G-d helps those who help themselves" [125 words]Dr. Ed ThompsonFeb 5, 2004 16:4213772
cannot beat israel [15 words]pumaApr 10, 2006 17:5313772
You cut to the heart of it.......and it makes me crazy! [177 words]Judith M. ClassenFeb 5, 2004 16:1813771
Prisoner exchange [345 words]Ronnie GarberFeb 5, 2004 15:3813769
An Excellent analysis of the recent "pathetic" deal between Israel & Hezbollah [67 words]Avrham WeissmanFeb 5, 2004 15:0413768
your excellent commentary on the 'exchange' [305 words]cal hubbardFeb 5, 2004 13:1413764
Hezbollah's Victory,Israel's Decline,Art. No.1505 [127 words]S.C.PandaFeb 5, 2004 04:2313759
The Answer [71 words]jack SweetmanFeb 5, 2004 04:0713758
so simple so true [13 words]Laura MaizelsFeb 5, 2004 02:1413755
"Hezbollah's victory, Israel's Decline" [231 words]Lisette MuradFeb 4, 2004 22:4513753
fair trade? [65 words]Shayne MorrowFeb 4, 2004 16:1113746
Swapping of prisoners [148 words]JeremyFeb 4, 2004 15:2513745
appeasing whom? [169 words]john w mcginelyFeb 4, 2004 13:1213742
Israel has no heart on this matter [342 words]ScotFeb 4, 2004 12:0913741
suicide bombing immediately prior to release? [70 words]rrosenbaumFeb 4, 2004 09:4513737
A Traditional Jewish Solution to the Hizbulla-Israel Prisoner Exchnage [603 words]Bert ZaudererFeb 4, 2004 08:4113735
Negotiating with terrorists [51 words]WaheedFeb 4, 2004 05:5813732
negotiate! [7 words]tamiMar 2, 2006 14:1013732
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It makes me embarrassed to be Israeli [35 words]Louis GordonFeb 4, 2004 02:3313729
Israel's decline [177 words]Ely SilkFeb 4, 2004 02:2213728
I Agree 100% [90 words]AvrahamFeb 4, 2004 00:1613727
Israel must be crazy [207 words]steve beinartFeb 3, 2004 23:0113725
dan bullseye again [46 words]JERRY BORISFeb 3, 2004 19:4013720
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Exchange of prisoners [54 words]Joanne PrivesFeb 3, 2004 18:0013716
Sharon's selective loss of memory [75 words]David HarrisFeb 3, 2004 15:5613715
Brilliant Expose, Blinded Leaders [86 words]John GlueckFeb 3, 2004 15:5213714
Big and dangerous mistake. [55 words]Ali DashtiFeb 3, 2004 15:2413709
withdrawal from new housing [330 words]Sir Daniel TobinFeb 3, 2004 15:0513708
ISRAEL'S INCONCLUSIVE POLICY [565 words]David M. DastychFeb 3, 2004 15:0513707
You are exactly right [28 words]Martin E. WeinsteinFeb 3, 2004 14:1513706
Republic - Not....... [238 words]MikeFeb 3, 2004 13:4313705
Incredible... [242 words]Janice SentaraFeb 3, 2004 13:2013704
Prisoner swap: three card monte, redux. [249 words]Dov Sussman, Esq.Feb 3, 2004 13:0613703
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Here's another angle on the ridiculous prisoner swap [98 words]Mark D. GrossFeb 3, 2004 11:2313696
Israel's Decline [17 words]Steve GureFeb 3, 2004 10:5813695
Why? [81 words]rmFeb 3, 2004 10:1213693
Arik Sharon: a tragic loss of focus [78 words]Marvin RabinovitchFeb 3, 2004 10:0413692
Prisoners as future informers? [26 words]JoaquimFeb 3, 2004 09:5613691
Israel wants Tannenbaum [96 words]Steven SternFeb 3, 2004 09:5313690
Hezbollah Victory, I do not think so, Israel's Decline, I do not think so [493 words]Bill JacksonFeb 3, 2004 09:4713689
A demoralizing defeat [165 words]Richard L. RubensteinFeb 3, 2004 09:4313688
Such sadness for Israel [118 words]Kim SegarFeb 3, 2004 09:3913687
hostage swap [247 words]ken schwartzFeb 3, 2004 09:3313686
Terrorism's Victory [112 words]Dr. Arnold (Avi) YoskowitzFeb 3, 2004 09:3213685
Sharon did the right thing [44 words]AMerican Jewish Muslim AllianceFeb 3, 2004 09:2013682
Sacrifice of the Lambs [129 words]Kimberly FergusonFeb 3, 2004 09:2013681
Toward the world of Ahimsa [68 words]IkranagaraFeb 3, 2004 09:1413679
The value of one Jew [53 words]Chaim BelisowskiFeb 3, 2004 09:0513678
Morality- No! Stupidity - Yes! [8 words]Bernard FreedmanFeb 3, 2004 08:5913677
It was not only a moral decision- it was a Jewish one! [197 words]Dona InselbergFeb 3, 2004 08:0913676
SHARON IS A CATASROPHIE! [27 words]PROF. Richard MILLMANFeb 3, 2004 07:5813675

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