March 28, 2006

UNILATERALISM SURVIVES HIM:

In Israel, an Unsettled Electorate: Today's Vote Will Test Old Loyalties (Scott Wilson, March 28, 2006, Washington Post)

Israelis will elect a new parliament, and by extension a new prime minister, on Tuesday after a campaign season marked by complacency, disappointment and a sense of betrayal among many voters now searching for new political leadership. The result is that a large number of voters remain undecided, a floating segment that could determine a quarter of the 120-seat parliament, the Knesset. More Israelis than in any past election are expected to sit out the vote.

Neither Likud nor Labor, the parties at the center of Israel's political life for decades, is projected to win the plurality of seats that would carry the right to form the next government. Although it has slipped in recent polls, the Kadima party that Sharon created last November is still running far ahead, even though he is now hospitalized in a coma.

The campaign has emerged as a referendum on Sharon's unfinished program to separate the Israeli and Palestinian populations through a series of unilateral withdrawals from the occupied territories. He argued that Israel must act alone, after years of largely fruitless negotiations, to draw its final borders in a way that would separate a Jewish majority from the Arab population.


Mr. Sharon's most important legacy is a universal one, the recognition that when you sit down to negotiate one side has already won.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 28, 2006 7:55 AM
Comments

That link to the book review is a real keeper, OJ. When you're good, you're very very good.


But when you're bad, you're positively AWFUL...

Posted by: Ptah at March 28, 2006 9:39 AM

It's a beholder issue.

Posted by: oj at March 28, 2006 9:43 AM

The real question is, how long can one continue to keep retaking Wishful Thinking 101 before flunking once and for all?

Posted by: Barry Meislin at March 29, 2006 3:29 AM
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