The following advertisement by Israeli peace group Gush Shalom appeared in Haaretz on September 30:
“Few of us will mourn the defeat of Binyamin Netanyahu.
“But Ariel Sharon is not a man of peace, either. With the enthusiastic support of the Labor Party ministers, he exploits every opportunity to escalate the attack on the Palestinians.
“He does not want a cease-fire, and even less negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, in order to reach an agreed solution. His utterances about “security” are but a cover for his plan to annex large parts of the West Bank and to “fix the border unilaterally”. Every attack on Israeli citizens helps him in promoting these aims.
“The time has come for those who want peace and an end to the occupation to organize an independent and vigorous opposition, both in the street and in the Knesset.”