Not in September. Not in two months. Ehud MuBarak must go now.
Not because it turns out that, in terms of Middle East peace, he finished the job that Yigal Amir started. Not because he's unrepentantly clueless, boastfully devious, pathologically incapable of human interaction. Not because, if an election were held today, a grand total of four Israelis might – might - vote for him, and only because they, Orit Noked, Einat Wilf, Vilnai and Shalom Simhon, wouldn't trust him not to dismantle the ballot-box lock to check to see if they, in fact, had done what they promised.
Ehud MuBarak has to go because, at a time of regional cataclysm, he has declared war on his own army. His snarling denunciations of his own army chief, which he has had his unnamed cronies force-leak to the news media, have led to a state of affairs that would shame the maddest, the most unbridled and wicked of British anti-militarism satirists
At a time when the whole of Israel is terrified, and with good reason, Barak has decided that his personal dislike of IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi takes precedence even over national security.
Ashkenzi's leadership has been tainted with serious defects, "moral, ethical, and professional," and that is why Barak refused to extend his term, Barak was quoted as saying. This of the man who this moment, and at least until his formal term ends on February 14, leads Israel's armed forces.
Barak is telling us, in effect, that it's time to dump Ashkenazi immediately, no matter the risk. Time to switch horses in mid-flood. And even that, for only two months. In order that Barak can hold his head high and look the only person he cares about in the eye – the man in the mirror.
Meanwhile, Barak and the military continue to trade charges and countercharges, all covered in bizarre detail by Army Radio.
There is, of course, an alternative plan which might serve Israel must better in both the short run and the long. Dump Barak instead.
Israel needs a full-time defense minister. Now, more than ever. Not a man preoccupied with personal intrigues and political feuds.
How do they put it in Cairo? The People and the Army Are One.
Ehud MuBarak's actions have proven that he has no place in either.
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