“More than 10,000 Palestinians waving Hamas flags approached the crossing.”
There was a time, during modern-day Israel’s first 40 years, when national defense was first and foremost priority. There were the pre-emptive attacks of the Six Day War, Sharon’s Suez crossing of the Yom Kippur War, there was the IAF bombing raid on the Iraqi nuclear reactor.
The opinion article below penned by Shlomo Slonim, the James G. McDonald Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, poses a classic example of how, in the name of distorted Western morality, the sanctity of an aggressor nation’s sovereignty has come to override and place as subserviant the national defense of the aggrieved nation. [...]
Labor Party leader Ehud Barak promised the party that he would call for Olmert’s resignation in the period prior to the final Winograd report. But then he backtracked and Olmert remained.
It is interesting, in light of the above, that while he claims that Labor will quit the coalition of Olmert does not resign, he commits to no timetable as to an Olmert resignation or leave of absence.
The question is, are Barak’s threats shallow and meaningless, or will he carry through? [...]
“Ofer Dekel, the official charged by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with dealing with the kidnapped soldiers issue, informed Hizbullah that Olmert had approved the release of five Lebanese prisoners, including Samir Kuntar, in exchange for captured IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwassser and Eldad Regev, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar quoted senior officials as saying Tuesday.” [...]
Anyone with an ounce of common-sense, who has followed events in Israel; i.e. Rabin and Peres’ talks, Netanyahu’s talks, Sharon’s, who knows Syria’s track record for years knows and understands that for talks to take place, indirect or otherwise, the actualization of “The Syrians know what we want and we know what they want” would have to have been committed.
Olmert even admits this actualization later stating that;
“He could prove that all four of the previous prime ministers had held negotiations with Syria and had been ‘ready to offer extremely painful concessions.'” [...]