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No substitute for Victory

Reader comment on item: [The Gaza Withdrawal:] A Democracy Killing Itself

Submitted by Raphael Pinto (Canada), Aug 15, 2005 at 23:10

Those who support the expulsion of jewish people living in Gaza (almost certainly one of many "disengagements" that are to come in the next 5 to 10 years) have argued that besides the cost of holding onto these communities have become too great, Sharon is probably harbouring a secret strategy lure in more arab terrorists and then surround Gaza with artillery and tanks and then pummel it into the ground at the first provocation.

I wish I had a buck for every similar speculation about Sharon's intentions since he became prime minister in early 2002. From what I've seen, Sharon waited almost 18 months while almost 1,000 jews were massacred and thousands more maimed and wounded before launching Operation Defensive Sheild. He had an overwhelming mandate from the people to smash the PLO and the other terror groups, and while he did take some measures, he didn't go all the way as I think he should have.

Moreover, instead of convening a commission of inquiry into the crimes and excesses committed by the architects of Oslo, he brought them into his coalition. In effect, he protected them from prosecution and public scrutiny. Some time ago, Sharon warned the free world that Israel would not become another Czechoslovakia, but to the horror of many, the government of the jewish state is making territory in the Land of Israel judenrein, turning over an important piece of our Homeland to bloodthirsty, antisemitic savages who will run the casinos that their billionaire jewish partners will build so that other jews can go to and lose their paychecks? Even if he does intend to shell Gaza at the first provocation; so what? Will Hamas disappear? Will Hezbollah disappear? Will al-Qaeda disappear?

Instead of wasting our energy speculating about Sharon's intentions, we should consider that contrary to popular mythology, Israel is not a democracy, but a self-perpetuating oligarchy in which the members of parliament are chosen by party leaders and not the people in fixed districts. It is the cartel of political parties (secular, religious and arab) that decide who sits in parliament, how the budget is allocated and makes up the government. It's a horrendous system which has brought Israel misery, tyranny, institutionalized corruption and the never-ending blight of terrorism. Does anyone realize that Shimon Peres has sat in parliament for 50 years without ever having been elected directly by the people?

The only way to reverse the madness is if the masses of faithful jews summon their newfound energy (post-disengagement) toward forcing the government and Knesset to adopt electoral reforms toward a Parliament along the lines of what Britain or the U.S. have. I would advocate even storming the Knesset, as was done in the Ukraine recently.
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