May 25, 2005

THERE, WAS THAT SO HARD:

The Bulldozer Reverses Course (Aluf Benn, May 25, 2005, Foreign Affairs)

I was wrong about Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon, when I profiled him for Foreign Affairs (The Last of the Patriarchs, May/June 2002 issue.) I underestimated both his political survivability and his willingness to break away from the status quo. And despite following Sharon's words and deeds for a living, I missed the turning point in autumn 2003, when he unilaterally decided to withdraw Israeli forces and settlements from the Gaza strip. Coupled with his earlier decision to build a "separation barrier" in the West Bank, the move amounted to a major shift in Israel's Palestinian policy. The signs had been there all along; even my Foreign Affairs article mentioned: "Israel may decide to draw its permanent borders unilaterally and lock up the Palestinians behind fences." But if I could imagine that Sharon would want to hurt the Palestinians, the notion that the former "bulldozer" of the Israeli settlement project would tear down his life creation was beyond belief.

When there's only one way out of a situation, it eventually gets taken.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 25, 2005 9:00 AM
Comments

"I'm an idiot; and that's what makes me so smart."

Posted by: Barry Meislin at May 25, 2005 9:41 AM

"Israel may decide to draw its permanent borders unilaterally and lock up the Palestinians behind fences."

What a vile, despicable sentence. The truth, of course, is that Israel is locking itself behind the fence.

Posted by: b at May 25, 2005 10:40 AM

So my backyard fence is locking my neighbor's dog in, not out as I'd always supposed. My passion for justice urges that I remove the locks from my doors so poor oppressed burglars can roam, free from oppression, and finally able to make their way in the world.

Posted by: Pat H at May 25, 2005 12:22 PM
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