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The pointless language of force

Gideon Levy, Haaretz, May 27:

Once again we are being hit by a wave of desire for “a strong man.” From every direction, from the left and right, voices that miss former prime minister Ariel Sharon are being heard, like voices of longing for a father who has departed. “If Sharon were here the war in Lebanon would have ended differently,” and “Sharon would have put an end to the Qassams a long time ago.”

Let it be said at once: Being orphaned in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s shadow is better than the fatherliness of the mythical leader. Hamas should be profoundly grateful to Sharon, thanks to whom it now controls Gaza. Hezbollah, too, would be ungrateful if it did not thank the man who led to its firm footing in Lebanon, and here in Israel Sderot owes that man for the Qassams that are landing on its head. Those who now miss Sharon are longing for the brute force and bullying that led us to the brink. Israel is nostalgic for its most dangerous leader, for the person who caused it more damage than anyone else.

During his six years as prime minister Sharon wiped out the last chance for the existence of a Palestinian partner. Sharon’s Israel waged war on the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and instead of a secular movement that believes in compromises we received a fanatical Islamic leadership, just as the first Lebanon war gave rise to Hezbollah. Whom do we have to thank for this? Sharon.

3 comments ↪
  • gottcha

    Antony,

    You apepar to idolise Gideon Levy. You publish every word he utters. Have you tried listening to anyone else? There are other perspectives out there. People who may not articulate your own views who are worthy of reading and who you choose to ignore.

    Personally, Giddy Levy makes me dizzy with despair.

  • Why, because he "does not articulate your own views"?

  • Carrie Lewis

    I agree entirely that the use of force is ultimatley pointless and that this has been proven time again in the context of this conflict. The unnecessary force and violence unleashed by Arafat in response to the peace offers of the Israeli Labour government ultimatley produced a Sharon government.

    Arafat's Fatah was not the secular angel you think it was – why do you think he spoke of a million martyrs and why Fatah's armed militias the Al Aksa Martyrs and the Tanzim were so strongly motivated by jihad? Why did the so-called secular Fatah permit daily airings on PA TV of sermons from mosques calling Jews "monkeys" and "pigs"? [This happened under Arafat and later under Abbas]

    Instead of a fanatical quasi secular movement that talked about compromise but refused to walk the walk we received a fanatical Islamic leadership that refuses to walk the walk. Either way the occupation was going to be perpetuated in the absence of a leadership that truly wanted compromise, reconciliation, peace and an end to occupation. If you like Haaretz, why not read http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/863798.html.

    Among those who have claimed responsibility for attacks on Sderot have been Hamas, Islamic Jihad and, yet … the secular Fatah.