Leftists think the Right has no right to govern

Posted: March 1, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Own Articles, Palestinians, Politics
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Shaul Arieli

Shaul Arieli

In his opinion article on Haaretz website, Shaul Arieli denies the Right it’s right (sorry) to vote for its own leader. Now, to be honest, Benjamin Netanyahu is far from being an actual Right, however, in Arieli’s eyes, Netanyahu becoming a Prime Minister would drive Mahmoud Abbas deeper into the extreme and would spread Hamas’ popularity even further:

The response to the Israeli elections was the acceleration of talks between Hamas and Fatah, with Egypt’s support, all toward the goal of creating a Palestinian entity to cope with Israel’s expected abandonment of the Annapolis process and Lieberman’s demand to topple Hamas. This is tantamount to a violation of the renewed cease-fire, if one is attained. If the Palestinian reconciliation process bears fruit, Hamas will renounce its declared goal of establishing a new PLO and will join the existing one, a process that will encourage calls to reintroduce the principle of “resistance” into the PLO platform and condition its adherence to existing agreements on Israel’s abiding by those same agreements.

The absence of a substantive diplomatic process will move Fatah, 16 years after the Oslo Accords, to acknowledge that its strategic decision to opt for the diplomatic route and to abandon “the armed struggle” has failed. The distance from this point to a complete takeover of the PLO, which is recognized as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, by the Hamas agenda is short.

Mind you, Arieli is a smart man. Googling his name will provide you with many of his articles and while it is clear man’s ideology is Left-leaning, he clearly knows what he’s talking about and has many facts at hand.

Yet, his recent article is ridiculous. In the above quote, Arieli says Fatah is “moderate” – same Fatah that offered Hamas help in repelling Zionist aggression during the recent Gaza conflict. Same Fatah, that joined other terrorist organizations in attacks on Israel since the beginning of the current intifada in 2000. The Fatah is far from being moderate – they’re just not as genocidal as Hamas are.

And the people of Israel understand that. Although Netanyahu is not as strong a leader as he portrayed himself during the elections, many consider him to be a much better option than more Left-leaning Zipi Livni or Labor’s Ehud Barak. Reason? Failures of previous leaders to secure an actualy peace and the Palestinians’ clear will to continue the armed struggle instead of going for the peace. Many Israelis were disillusioned by the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip, which was the great hope of Israel’s Left – and never worked out.

If electing Netanyahu would hurt Mahmoud Abbas or abort the peace process it would be first and foremost the fault of Palestinian radicals and their enablers abroad – like Iran and Syria. In 2000, Israel has been more than willing to agree to most Palestinians terms. Yes, not to all of them – most of them, that is the idea of compromise. In order to achieve peace, both sides sit together and compromise on issues. Yasser Arafat chose not to.


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