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Troubled times in Israel « Previous | |Next »
October 13, 2004

The Israeli Prime Minister is having a rough time. His state of the nation address was rejected by the Parliament.

What was rejected was Sharon's disengagement plan to uproot all 21 Jewish settlements in Gaza and four of 120 enclaves in the West Bank next year in an attempt to reduce conflict with the Palestinians.


The elected Likud politicians and their rightwing voters working inside the party are deeply and bitterly opposed to Sharon's disengagement plan.

Is this a first step by Sharon to break the perpetual and ever deepening cycle of violence; a first step by Israel to take the possibility of peace seriously? Is this a pathway that could lead Israel out of the quagmire of the Gaza Strip and its own internal crisis?

There is an internal crisis when you have the Labor Party, the party of peace, placing itself in opposition to Sharon's disengagment plan by voting against Sharon's nation address.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:59 PM | | Comments (0)