We are dismayed at the carping against Prime Minister Sharon by former Prime Minister Netanyahu about kowtowing to the Bush administration. He should give it a rest.
Mr. Netanyahu is the guy who lost his reelection bid by the largest ever margin. He is the one who gave up on reciprocity, Hebron, and surrendered larger tracts of Judea and Samaria than Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres, Barak and Sharon ever did. And his performances at Wye and in the Pollard debacle surely do not entitle him to pontificate about the choices facing Mr. Sharon.
Indeed, Mr. Netanyahu faced a president with an arbitrary, one-dimensional messianic vision of the Middle East. Mr. Sharon must work with a president facing a multi-dimensional, exquisitely complicated set of problems.
Now is really not the time for offensive political grandstanding.
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