Israel's very existence in jeopardy and whose delusions had been roundly rejected by voters,

would be second in command. Unbelievably, even under a Sharon administration, Peres was able
to promote his Jiminy Cricket ideas in the name of the government.

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Earlier this year Israeli voters repudiated the Israeli left even more thoroughly, and now
Peres and his Osloniks are completely shut out of power. But the damage has been done. The
follies of Israel?s left have not only produced more than a thousand Israeli deaths at the hands of
Palestinian terrorists since the signing of the Oslo accords, but threaten to engulf the region in far greater instability and bloodshed.

The Israeli left, with its defeatism and its assault on the national will to resist, has kindled a fire among the Arabs that will rage for some time to come.

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book ?The Scout? is available
through Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steven_plaut@yahoo.com

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