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The Demise Of Kadima

Reader comment on item: [After Sharon:] Israeli Politics Will Revert to Its Past

Submitted by Seamus MacNemi (United States), Jan 6, 2006 at 12:06

Bibi's back. At least that's the consensus amongst most of my friends, colleagues and associates, and none too soon either. We were all appalled by the withdrawal from Gaza and saw nothing but disaster in the move. We were absolutely convinced that Sharon had lost his mind.

Benjamin Netanyahu is a hard liner to be sure, but he is also a sane and savvy realist. He knows well that a strong Israel is the best bet in the region and the only real hope that the Palestinians have for the realizations of their own state.

Before the formation of the State of Israel there was no concept of a palestinian people. Israel gave them an identity and a reason for their own lives as separate from the sea of Middle Eastern politics. Now at least they might have some say in their future and not be eternally pushed about by the Arab League as pawns in the game of regional politics.

They will succeed only if they can make their own peace with Israel and Netanyahu is the best opportunity they will have to achieve that.

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