Tuesday, July 27, 2004


Is Shimon Peres Ashamed Yet?

I pretty much lost all respect for Shimon Peres when he kept the Labor Party in the last Sharon government for so long, but now he is upset that Likud Party members don't want to join a coalition government with Labor. Note to Shimon - that's the reason that they don't join your party to begin with. The biggest reason that Labor has fallen in standing in Israeli politics is because they have the mentality of a little kid who wants to play with the big kids. It seems to me that Labor would do better for itself by mobilizing as a strong and outspoken opposition party than by trying to hop onto the coattails of Likud at every opportunity. I know I am being a bit hard on old Shimon, but he just comes off as whiny. Should he really be suprised that Likud (a right wing party) would "say no to a secular-left government"? Jeez.

Also in Ha'aretz, Nazir Majali forces the "silent Jewish majority" to confront Israel's racism.
The question is, how will the Jewish majority in the State of Israel treat this struggle? Its stances, built up and nurtured by Israeli governments over 55 years, today encourage the government not only to absolve itself from its commitment to equality, but to intensify discrimination and racism. The law that forces an Israeli Arab to choose between his homeland and the Palestinian woman he loves is one example among many.

How will the Jewish majority react to the Arabs' fight against these phenomena? Will it act as other peoples have acted in the history of the Jewish people? Will it be drawn in by the illusion that the deterioration of the struggle with Israel's Arabs provides an opportunity to carry out the transfer plan? Or do we dare hope that the Jewish majority will come to its senses and once again view the attitude toward Arabs as a national challenge, a test of its humanism; will return to its sources - the Declaration of Independence and the founders of Zionism, who at least declared that they were striving for a humane Jewish country, a true democracy.
The only question is whether these questions will be heard by those that need to hear them. Whether they might not be asked only after too much has happened, after Israel has disgraced itself beyond repair, after true democracy is out of reach. It's a shame that something like this would not be printed in an American newspaper, a place where it seems to be needed the most.

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