Thursday, December 15, 2005

What's up with Sharon?

Is Binyamin Netanyahu not the most vile human out there? Ok, I admit, he's got some pretty good competition all the way over in these parts. Man, though, he sure is difficult to stomach. Of course, now he's out to bait Sharon and his potential middle-of-the-road plans to think about peace with the Palestinians--and sharing Jerusalem. I think I've mentioned this before, but it's worth repeating: I'm a bit shocked to find myself slightly optimistic and thinking Sharon may be having an old fart-type mellowing out in his old age. Well, I'm hoping that's the case, at least. Today's Guardian has a bit on the latest wranglings. The following gave me pause:

Mr Sharon is renowned for keeping his political ideas close to his chest, leaving even close advisers in the dark until the last moment. He also has few qualms about embarking on policies opposed to his previous positions. At the last election in 2003, he opposed the Labour party's policy of withdrawal from Gaza - until he adopted it himself several months later. Before the election, he said that Netzarim, a Gaza settlement evacuated in August, was as much a part of Israel as Tel Aviv.

Yesterday, Haim Ramon, a Kadima member of the Knesset, said he did not know of one sane person who wanted to keep the Palestinian neighbourhoods of Jerusalem. He told Army Radio that it would be a mistake for Israel to retain large Palestinian areas "because it would mean Jerusalem would be the capital of a non-Jewish, non-Zionist Israel".

Granted, it's not mind blowing, but I'm a bit hopeful all the same.


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