The limits of brute force - learning from Ariel Sharon for today's Israel
Do Netanyahu and Lieberman, post-Gaza, now understand the limits of their doctrine of force and belligerent speech, as did Ariel Sharon following the second intifada? If so, perhaps there is still hope for a diplomatic solution to the Iran crisis.
On September 28, 2000, Ariel Sharon toured the Temple Mount, ignited the second intifada and assured the Israeli public that he would subdue the Palestinian popular uprising by force, if they elected him as Prime Minister. Four months later, Israel held elections and the veteran general won. The tour that began on the Temple Mount landed him the job of Israel's Prime Minister.
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