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Submitted by J.S. (Canada), Mar 28, 2006 at 18:20

I believe this article is (once again) so true and so correct. There is "no substitute for victory!" But I think it's going to be a hard sell for Israelis. I had the misfortunate of hearing three leftist Israelis gabbing about the election. The discussion took place slightly north of Tel Aviv. It was broadcast (via radio) nationwide throughout Canada.

I was extraordinarily disheartened to hear what they had to say...and, believe me, it had absolutely nothing to do about "victory." One leftist was *still* convinced that a "peace partner" would somehow (no explanation how) would be found. Another suggested that a victorious war was akin to a disease, and another was offering info/advice to Hamas about how to cause strife and discord amongst Israelis (ie, cause a civil war.)

I don't know just how reflective such views are in Israel (such a breathtaking level of sheer cynicism and moral despondency -- it's a new kind of defeatism -- or i suppose the chic would refer to it as "post-Zionism") -- I hope it is only a reflection coming from the far leftists (1 percent, no more, of the general public).

Another irony, is that the three leftists were also agreed (I believe all three) that Kadima's strategy of unilateralism was bound to fail (they were all very confident about this -- that's failure). They also listed all of Israel's other "failures" (the most "obvious" one to them, any war victories -- yes, war victories are "failures.") They sounded like depressive patients.

If the state of Israel is to survive, they've got to snap out of this...(the one thing everyone can be assured of is that Hamas is not hemming and hawing about "what to do" and experiencing a kind of paralysis in the process.)
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