The Militarization of the "Peace Camp" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Israel
    • 10.07.11 | 08:13 (IDT)

    In the past, it was the political Right that was viewed as militaristic, demanding maximum use of force, and it was the political Left that demanded restraint. The Oslo Agreements turned that on its head. The Left assured everyone that Israel was not taking a chance bringing in Arafat and his FATAH terrorists, but if they did act up "Israel would bomb the hell out them" and the whole world would supposedly support Israel. Same with Barak and the IDF flight from southern Lebanon. Barak assured everyone that if HIZBULLAH fired rocket, Israel "would bomb the hell out of Lebanon". Thus, we see that the Left now uses the idea of maximum force in order to justify maximum territorial and security concessions to the enemy. Olmert even said during the Lebanon II war that a big victory would give him the political capital to carry out a large-scale withdrawal from Judea/Samaria and to expel the Jews living theree. Don't forget Peres's bombing Lebanon in 1996 during the election campaign in the "Grapes of Wrath" operation, also designed to bring him votes (that failed). Thus, the biggest militarists today are the Left.

    from the article: A critical look at Israeli militarism
    First published 18:13 07.07.11 | Last updated 18:13 07.07.11
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