In never-never land
In never-never land, the prime minister pressed a button and started a war that lasted more than a month, but is not drawing the conclusions demanded by its failure.
In never-never land, the prime minister pressed a button and started a war that lasted more than a month, but is not drawing the conclusions demanded by its failure. In never-never land, the leaders argue that the achievements of this war will become evident in the future and demand that the public judge their conduct on the basis of the forecast, not on its current results.
In never-never land, the vice-premier claims that there is no point in poking around in a war that has just ended, and that efforts and resources should be focused on preparing the country for the future. In never-never land, the vice-premier claims that we should develop weapons based on nanotechnology that will allow robots to defend the country, even though the war demonstrated that what's really necessary is to bolster the willingness of ground forces to come into contact with the enemy.
In never-never land, the leaders claim that the war ended with an unprecedented diplomatic victory, but they still urge the public to prepare for the next military confrontation, which they say is coming. In never-never land, the foreign minister says that from the first minute of the war, it was clear that it would not be possible to bring back the kidnapped soldiers using force, but still, the government opted to embark on a military offensive whose declared purpose was their release.
In never-never land, the government is willing to negotiate for the release of the abducted soldiers now that the war is over, even though it embarked on that war in the first place so as to avoid having to deal for their release. In never-never land, they offer as one of the diplomatic gains of the war the Syrian willingness to deploy its army along its border with Lebanon in order to prevent the flow of (Syrian) arms to Hezbollah. In never-never land, the public is being told that as early as the first half hour of the war, the air force had achieved a major victory by destroying a large portion of Hezbollah's long-range rockets, but still the General Staff and the government decided to keep the war going for another 33 days.
In never-never land, the former defense minister (who is also the former chief of staff) presented himself as one who was the main adviser to the prime minister during a significant portion of the campaign in Lebanon, even though now that it's over, he claims that the prime minister is the one principally responsible for its shortcomings. In never-never land, the prime minister claims overall responsibility for the results of the war, and at the same time his aides attribute blame for its failings to former prime ministers and defense ministers, as well as on the current defense minister, whom he appointed to the post.
In never-never land, the defense minister declares that he is not responsible for the failed management of the war, saying that it's former defense ministers and chiefs of staff who are at fault. In never-never land, the defense minister says that his (pathetic) conduct in the war has prepared him well to lead the defense establishment in its future challenges. In never-never land, the leadership of the country moves in a zigzag motion for an entire month, as it tries to decide on a possible structure for an investigation of the war, revealing in this behavior the same frenetic internal scurrying that characterized its conduct during the war, yet it still asks for the public's trust. In never-never land, a committee of investigation is appointed, only to be perceived from the outset as an attempt by the prime minister to bypass an uncompromising inquiry. In never-never land, the prime minister himself announces the removal of his main political program from the government's agenda, even though only five months earlier he insisted on its merit. In never-never land, the prime minister pulls out of his sleeve his willingness to meet with Mahmoud Abbas, following months in which he refused to do so, even though the conditions he used to justify his refusal remain unchanged.
In never-never land, the government has a chilly response to significant developments in the Palestinian leadership, and digs deep for excuses to maintain the status quo, even though it was elected with the declared aim to fundamentally alter the existing situation.
In Naomi Shemer's song about never-never land, she imagines a well-run country, in which "a man walks along and a bright light shines upon his day." The utopian vision of the poet has been realized, only in Israel in the summer of 2006 it's in reverse.
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