"This war was a creation of the Israeli right" - Mark Lincoln Unfortunately, Mark, the war was run by a coalition government including Kadima and Labor. You may consider Kadima to be a "Right" party, but Labor is Left. A poll at the beginning of the war showed that 95% of the Jewish population suppoprted the war! I believe only the far left (Meretz) opposed the war, by and large, as well as few people like myself who did not lose their cool headedness in that rush of emotion. Of course, the war shows the importance of leadership. A wise leadership would not have gone to a war but would have been satisfied with some major strike at military targets that would have settled the account for now. But there were no wise people at the helm. The fact that 95% of Jewish Israelis supported the war should be of concern. It is a development of the view that all one needs is military power. After so many years of Occupation and suppression of the Palestinians, this is the degradation we see. P.S. Any right-wing and force-oriented response would enjoy an immediate public support in Israel, where large segments of the Jewish population have such an orientation: 1. 35% of Jews are Sephardi, by and large with a force-oriented inclination. 2. 20% of Jews are former Soviets. Draw your own conclusions. 3. 8% are religious settlers and their supporters. Over and above these 63% are Ashkenazi right wingers in Likud and Kadima. In the US only 59%supported the invasion of Iraq. In Israel you should expect 69% at least before you initiate a poll.
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