1. He left, he spoke, he returned - and still no one knows what's going on in that brain of his. Let's say the terrorist organizations are crushed to a pulp, in keeping with Sharon's demands. Will he agree to a Palestinian state based on the `67 borders? Sharon may have had some problems reading his speech in English, but deaf he's not. He heard Bush say more than once that the American goal is withdrawal to the `67 borders. How can we tell what Sharon will do? The answer is simple - keep an eye on Avigdor Lieberman. Why Lieberman? Because he admitted in public that his overly hasty exit from the first Sharon government had taught him a lesson. He told those who are now nagging him to resign that you don't quit over words. So watch Lieberman, folks. So long as he stays put, it's all words.
2.Anyone who wants to know if we'll ever be able to dismantle settlements in the territories should take a look at what's happening in Bread Square in downtown Tel Aviv. These people didn't buy the land, as many of the settlers claim they did, and never had government permission to settle there. All they had was a permit to demonstrate against poverty for a week or two.
Up to now they've been squatting for half a year on some of the most expensive private land in the country, and no one can budge them. The case has already gone through the courts, the police can't do a thing, and now it's in the hands of the Supreme Court. And all we're talking about is a handful of people with a few tents in Kikar Hamedina. Heaven help us on the day we have to move tens of thousands of people from their homes in the territories.
3. Can you imagine what would happen if one day I showed up at the office dressed in an undershirt up to my rib cage and pants slung down around my appendix, with my bellybutton shining out in all its glory in between? Would they let me in, or call an ambulance right away and ship me off to the funny farm? Among the ladies, showing off one's navel is currently the "innest" thing in town. I'm not so sure it's all that flattering for some of them, but it certainly poses a dilemma for the Israeli male. Should one stare straight at the bellybutton and its bare surroundings, or pretend not to notice? Whatever you do, it won't end well. My advice - file a complaint with the police on charges of sexual harassment.
4. Apparently, exercising the right to be silent runs in the Sharon family. Since the opening of the Knesset in February, Omri Sharon has not made a single speech. His excuse is, he had nothing to say. Either he thinks this country is perfect, or he's getting in shape for the day he'll be called in for questioning on the Cyril Kern affair. His brother Gilad is not only keeping his lips sealed, but also refusing to hand over documents to the police. In Ma'ariv someone opined, hopefully in jest, that "Gilad is a private citizen who doesn't owe explanations to anyone. All he did was raise $1.5 million dollars to help his father out of a tight spot."
Jewish mothers can stop nudging their sons to be doctors or lawyers. What's wrong with a son who knows how to scrape together $1.5 million in the time it takes to say boo?
5. Begin and Dayan rightly called him brilliant, because he is brilliant. Elyakim Rubinstein's problems are not in his head but in his spine. During his tenure as attorney general, public corruption in this country surged, but he handled the bigwigs and hotshots with kid gloves. He is not cut from the same cloth as his predecessors, Barak, Shamgar and Zamir, who said that a criminal is a criminal, and a prime minister is subject to the same laws as Buzaglo.
Rubinstein's problem is that throughout his career, he has served the government in power. He helped Dayan evade responsibility for the Yom Kippur War as his advisor during the Agranat Commission. He served Begin at Camp David, and Shamir at the talks in Madrid. He did Barak a favor by ruling that UN Resolution 242 did not apply to the territories.
All along, from the days when he was close to Gush Emunim, he has bowed to royalty. He came to the rescue of Netanyahu and Tzachi Hanegbi in the Bar-On affair, and got Weizman off the hook in the Seroussi affair. A man who lives in fear of authority is not the right man for the Supreme Court, in these times when the political establishment is working to clip its wings.
6. Amos Gilad, in the role of national PR man, declared that the world would tremble when Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were discovered. Blair, Bush and Powell said more or less the same thing. In the meantime, the only thing we've discovered is that Iraqi pajamas really do have stripes.
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