The Other Funeral: Left's Failed "Anti-Ideology" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ovadiah ben Avraham
    • 05.11.07 | 12:14 (IST)

    Lily Galili feels the "directionlessness" of the Left. But it goes far beyond the loss of Rabin and the leadership vacuum that persists on the Left to this day. The main issue, that the Left is still incapable of addressing, is that the "anti-ideology" on which Oslo and the Lebanon and Gaza Withdrawals are based on simply does not work. The idea that "ideology is dead", and that only economic certainties can dictate the peace, is itself a total failure. It is not only the Middle East. The idea that no two countries sporting "McDonald's" ever went to war was blasted to smithereens in the Balkans. The world has lost 20 years wallowing in that theory. It's time to rediscover the fact that "realism" and "ideology" are not matter and anti-matter. They do, and must, coexist. Without realism, one cannot know "the other". Without ideology, one cannot know one's self. It takes two to make peace.

    from the article: A coffin above ground
    First published 00:00 05.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 05.11.07
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