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    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). (This "no" he still repeats because it is not yet considered a no-brainer by all Israelis.); Needless to say, Arens also objected to Sharon's evacuation of Gaza even though today he realizes that, for him, it solved the Palestinian demographic problem when he recommends annexation of the West Bank. .// 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: Is it more important that Canada and Holland are supporters of Israel, or is it more important that the EU is hardening its attitude towards Israel? The trick of being a Likudnik is not to look at things you don't like and fear (like the demographic issue). Then you can be happy.

    from the article: World democracies are warming up to Israel
    First published 01:08 07.02.12 | Last updated 01:08 07.02.12
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