For some years now, most Israeli politicians have become like horses with blinders: They can only look straight ahead. They seem to have lost their peripheral vision.
Born in 1925 in Lithuania, Moshe Arens grew up in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel 1948.
His political life began in 1974, when he was elected to the Knesset as a lawmaker for the Likud. In 1982, Arens became the Israeli ambassador to the United States for one year, before returning to Israel to become Defense Minister. Arens also served as Foreign Minister from 1988 to 1990.
Arens became defense minister again between 1990 and 1992, when he retired from politics, only to return in 1999 to the same portfolio.
Arens studied mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and aeronautical engineering at the California Institute of Technology. A former associate professor of aeronautical engineering at the Technion and vice president for engineering at Israel Aircraft Industries, he has published articles in academic journals on propulsion and flight mechanics.
Moshe Arens is married and the father of four.
A Kadima spokesmen would no doubt refer to the upcoming primary as a festival of democracy, but in actuality it is no more than a farce of democracy.
Those who believe that Jerusalem should not be divided, and mean by that that the Arab neighborhoods should not be separated from the city, should be the first to insist that an active policy be adopted by the government and the municipality to improve the lot of local Arab residents.
In the years of the Olmert government the fortunes of Hezbollah and Hamas have improved as a result of mistakes made by Israel.
Do you remember the very original management theory proposed by the Olmert government after the Second Lebanon war?
Where are all the breast-beating politicians who were competing over the price Israel must be prepared to pay to bring home abducted Israeli soldiers, alive or dead?
The impression given by the government that agreeing to a cease-fire with the terrorists was part and parcel of a deal for the release of Shalit was nothing less than a cheap political manipulation.
One might have expected that in the twilight days of his premiership Ehud Olmert would be making an effort to try to improve somewhat the miserable record he leaves behind him. A record of more than two years of incompetence and political manipulations, at the expense of the people of Israel.
The declarations from our leadership about the urgent need for the United States to act to avert the Iranian nuclear threat are downright harmful, especially when they are made in the U.S.
Maybe our chief of staff needs to be reminded of what he said shortly after he assumed his present position: 'In the next war, there will be no doubt about who won.'