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    • 09.09.10 | 19:34 (IDT)

    Netanyahu is no Churchill and never was. He likes to think of himself as Churchill because he believes that he can see the distance, like Churchill. This is laughable, given how long it took him to see that a Palestinian state is the solution. As far as the de Gaulle analogy, de Gaulle was courageous while Netanyahu is a political coward. De Gaulle had to escape from Vichy France and lead his resistance. For this he gained his stature, which later helped him in solving the Algeria problem. Netanyahu is luckier, because earlier Israeli leaders, Rabin (Oslo) and Sharon (Gaza) did some of the job so that Israelis got used to the idea of "separation", which until recently Netanyahu opposed. If Netanyahu's cowardice prevent him from completing this job, it will be to his eternal shame. If he does complete the job, he will attain a somewhat undeserved respectable position in our national history. Perhaps this can be compared to King Solomon's historical standing: an actually politically unwise ruler (taxing all tribes heavily except for his own tribe of Judah) whose behavior cause damage in later years, but he escaped criticism.

    from the article: Strenger than Fiction / Advice to Netanyahu: Forget Churchill, try de Gaulle
    First published 17:52 09.09.10 | Last updated 17:52 09.09.10
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