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    • Ramon
    • 20.08.05 | 21:35 (IDT)

    Moshe Arens would have ben wiser to speak out against Ariel Sharon in 1981. Arens was then a senior member of the Likud, a major player on the diplomatic and defence committees, and could have led an attempt to torpedo the Withdrawal from Sinai. At that time Sharon was the newly minted Minister of Defence and personally planned the depopulating of Yamit, Sinai. Many Likud politicians who today are railing against Sharon could have done something to stop Menachem Begin in the early 80s from agreeing to the Yamit concession. As someone who looks at things from a less emotional standpoint, I think that the Likud (and not Labour) was responsible for the Withdrawal, for Oslo, and for every mouse-brained surrender of position to the Arab states. Until 1977 the Israeli government took a hard position on negotiations, and Prime Minister Rabin allowed the investment in construction not just in Yamit, but in the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan. As Defence Minister in 1990, Rabin insisted that Gaza was invaluable to Israel's security. Moshe Arens may have lobbeyed and parleyed with Begin and Yitzhak Shamir, but he never drew a line like today's Likud rebels, Uzi Landau and Benjamin Netanyahu. He repeatedly returned to the fold, and he remains another Likud dog. That is why he let Sharon set a precedent in 1981, and therefore laugh at every attempt to dejustify this idiotic plan.

    from the article: Misuse of the army
    First published 00:00 16.08.05 | Last updated 00:00 16.08.05
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