On the day that Peres and the Labor Party quit the government, what they will leave behind is Landau-Lieberman and company - a government that will drag us into war and bring down the whole world on our heads.
The dismal mess that is Israeli politics and the stalling of the peace process has only been made worse by Yasser Arafat. It seems that the ones who will bring about peace are the next generation.
The greatest achievement of the Palestinians is the fact that, within only two years, they have marked all Israeli citizens as targets, have struck a major blow to the Israeli economy and to the country's tourist trade, and have, through acts of terrorism, created a mood of fear and anxiety in Israeli society.
Israel has never had a government that has been, on the one hand, so broadly based, and yet, on the other hand, so powerless, so unsuccessful and so contorted as the present one.
America, the champion of the rights of the individual and the preacher of morality to Israel regarding the proper ways to fight terrorism, has discovered the method of administrative detention and has adopted the policy of assassinations.
Every day that passes without Prime Minister Ariel Sharon opening his mouth should be considered a great blessing, or, at least, it should make Israelis breathe a little more easily.
The terror attack on the U.S. gave Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat a golden opportunity to cease the fire and start to talk. Since September 11, President Bush and Secretary Powell have spoken 43 times with Sharon and Arafat. They don't raise their voices in such conversations, but explain, with understatement, what exactly are the American interests.
There was an explosion of predictions this Yom Kippur. The prime minister thinks the Azrielli Towers are at risk; the head of military intelligence says that if bin Laden is wounded, he'll attack Israel; the defense minister says there's no danger right now that Israel will be attacked. The reader wonders what exactly does "now" mean.
As one zaps through the various cable channels, the newscasts take on the appearance of war chronicles. Aircraft carriers set sail on their journey, fighter jets and heavy bombers take off in close formation, soldiers in full battle gear say farewell to tearful loved ones at the dock or on the airfield tarmac.
These days Israel is like a solo virtuoso with whom no orchestra is willing to share a concert stage. The reason for the reticence is not any lack of talent on the virtuoso's part, but rather the fear that her character could disrupt the harmonious relations among the members of the orchestra.