Monday, June 07, 2004


So much advancement, so little progress

The New York Times today boldly declares "Sharon Advances Toward Removal of Some Settlers." However, he actually barely coaxed a majority of his cabinet (after firing two ministers) to agree to "begin preparing" for a withdrawal from Gaza.
The government decision fell far short of what Mr. Sharon originally had sought — approval for his plan to evacuate all 21 settlements in Gaza and 4 small ones in the West Bank. Instead, the government said any withdrawals would require further votes, to be held next year.
So let me get this straight, any actual progress will require further votes. And the reason Sharon couldn't get his actual plan passed was because he couldn't get enough votes. What an advance! Slow down there Ariel, we're losing you, you're moving too fast. And what fine analysis by James Bennet of the New York Times.

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