If indeed Netanyahu seeks to start these negotiations, his way of bringing his counterparts to the table is through shaming them.
The MK proposing the outlawing of public denial cited the case of Azmi Bishara…which is as bad as saying all Jews should be held in great suspicion because of Bernard Madoff.
…And? So? Or as they say here, nu?
Barak forges on, eager to present himself as both a cohesive part of the troika and its most peace-minded member.
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They asked him if he was going to join the army, if I was going to join the army, which side he was on, and if, “your brother is Jewish, he works in Israel, do you see any connection?”
Olmert is trying to save face by saying he tried to forge peace, and shooting for a deal that will win the release of Gilad Shalit.
How could a people that claim to want peace and boast the most vibrant democracy in the Middle East support such a thing as a right-wing drift towards domineering policies and unpromising peace prospects?
Let controversy over the pull-out in the Gaza Strip drive the country a little right, let Olmert’s scandals discredit the center, let the Second Lebanon War go mismanaged, and all of a sudden, Netanyahu in the opposition looks good.
Add in the ambitions of possible cooperating parties to make gains in an early election and limit Livni’s incumbency advantage, and you get what they call in this country a balagan.