Hundreds of Jews were murdered in the second Intifada while the Knesset tied Sharon’s hands, but with the left in total disarray, Sharon easily won reelection in 2003 – only to force the expulsion of thousands of Jews from Gaza two years later.
But going back to Netanyahu’s passing up the “throne” in 2001. I knew that for him it was the rebirth I mentioned earlier; i.e., repentance for his past mistakes.
Netanyahu then and there found the inner strength to commit himself to the good of the nation above all. And, indeed, as prime minister these past four years he has stood firm against pressure from the international community, including Israel’s only real ally, the United States.
Netanyahu knows there is no true peace partner. He will never allow a Palestinian state overlooking Ben Gurion Airport. For those reasons, and the ones I mentioned above, he really has been sensational.
About the Author:Dov Shurin is a popular radio personality and the composer and producer of several albums. He lives with his family in Israel and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. His Jewish Press column appears the third issue of each month.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.
If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.
While there is no formula that will work for everyone, there are some strategies that if followed carefully and consistently can help our children – and us – gain the most from the upcoming school year.
Boundless love was something Rav Kook had for the nation of Israel. Just as one cannot question the boundless love of Hashem for Israel, one cannot question the boundless love of a Torah giant for his people.
This past Shabbos, as we read the weekly Torah portion of Bishalach, my son suddenly said to me, “Dad, I have a feeling Sharon is going to pass away today, because we just read his name in Az Yashir [the Song of the Sea] where it says ‘arik charbi.’ ”