The Likud Party in Israel is in crisis. While presuming to be a "broad tent" for a gamut of political opinion, it increasingly is split along the tectonic lines defined by the Gaza disengagement plan of Ariel Sharon.
In commenting on the Dan Rather fiasco last week and the week before that, the Monitor was remiss in not mentioning the revolutionary role played by the Internet - specifically, the army of tenacious webloggers who began exposing Rather almost as soon as his fallacious '60 Minutes' story on George Bush and the Texas Air National Guard aired earlier this month.
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:As we continue to prepare the merging of the Likud and the Israeli Labor Party into a national unity coalition that will expel the Jewish settlers from Gaza and turn it over to the PLO, I wanted to share with you some of the wisdom I have accumulated in my years of implementing such programs.
A number of "unusual" occurrences took place in the wake of this tragedy that demonstrated both the hashgacha pratis of Hashem's direction of events and the exalted qualities that Moshe Shubert surely possessed.
If there is "occupation" now, it cannot be over people, even when Israel exercises its right of self-defense by going into Arab towns to destroy terrorists and their network, or when Arabs are restricted at checkpoints. These actions save lives.
Imagine, just for a moment, that a leftist prime minister of Israel (say, Ehud Barak) hadpresided over a government that oversaw the greatest decline in personal security in Israel'shistory, with the terrorist murders of more than 1,000 Israelis.