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    • 31.08.11 | 22:34 (IDT)

    I will mention 2 fundamental problems Arens has, and you can then draw your own conclusions: 1. Arens is an engineer. Unlike Physicists who work to understand the basics, an engineer takes the physicists' understanding as 'given' and uses it to construct useful things. In other words, Arens does not get to the bottom of problems he encounters but relies on "axioms" produced by others (such as Jabotinsky)./ 2. Arens does not give away any conquered territory, regardless of how wise the move might be. Examples: Arens voted AGAINST peace with Egypt (1979); against withdrawal from Lebanon under Peres (1985) even when all the goals of the Lebanon War were achieved years before; and Arens was against the final withdrawal by Barak (2000). His third "no" he still repeats because it is not yet considered a no-brainer by all Israelis.// The conclusion from point #2 is that Arens has an "anal peronality". His political positions are taken by his "gut", not his head, and represent no more wisdom than that of a child on his potty chair. Arens' intellect is used to JUSTIFY his "gut" positions. He can justify wrong ideas, but not before an inquiring audience. In this article we find an example: Arens was of course against the withdrawal from Gaza by Sharon, although since then he started claiming that there is no demographic danger from the Arabs, using the number of residents of the West bank only (without explicitly saying that he excludes Gazans). Now Arens hints that the correct solution of the Gaza problem will be a take-over by Israel. But then, what will happen to the demographic problem? Well, he will have to sit a bit longer on his chair and think about it.

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