January 5, 2006

THERE IS NO PRE-9-11 PAST TO RETURN TO:

[After Sharon:] Israeli Politics Will Revert to Its Past (Daniel Pipes, January 5, 2006, National Post)

Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon, has suffered a massive brain hemorrhage; at the very least, his long political career appears to be over. What does that mean for Israeli politics and for Arab-Israeli relations?

Basically, it signals a return to business as usual.

Since the State of Israel came into existence in 1948, two points of view on relations with the Arabs have dominated its political life, represented by (as they are presently called) Labour on the left and Likud on the right.

Labour argued for greater flexibility and accommodation with the Arabs, Likud called for a tougher stance.


Israel remains a democracy and one dependent on America. Since both the Israeli people and the American people want Israel to create a Palestinian satate but on Israeli terms that's what will happen. Politics may just take a while to adjust to that inevitability. Bibi Netanyahu, for instance, will have no trouble picking up where Ariel Sharon left off, but it's not apparent he can win elections given how resistant he's been to the policy he'd now have to lead..

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2006 10:54 AM
Comments

Given that something has to be done about Iran pronto, we really needed Sharon's competence. Bad luck...

Posted by: b at January 5, 2006 11:39 AM

It's kind of weird to suggest that Labor has supported "flexibility and accommodation with the Arabs" since Israel's founding. Labor, after all, ran the country from its founding in 1948 straight through until 1977.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 5, 2006 7:47 PM
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