Israel News | Zionism Israel Center | Zionism History | Zionism Definitions | ZioNation | Forum | Zionism FAQ | Maps| Edit

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

'Purely political'

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/01/purely-political.html

'Purely political'
By Yossi Verter
 

Political plans aren't what they used to be. In the 1980s, Shimon Peres' London Agreement almost broke up the national unity government. In the 1990s the Beilin-Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) agreement sparked off a stormy public debate. In the present decade the Geneva Accord, also the fruit of Yossi Beilin's creative mind, almost split the Labor Party and was one of the reasons for Ariel Sharon's decision to pull out of Gaza.
 
Today, however, when the defense minister, who is also Labor chairman and "head of the peace camp," as he puts it, unveils a plan explosively titled "the new road map," it is greeted with yawns, shrugs and, with a wink, comments that it is "only political."
 
There is Peretz's destiny - anything he will do in the next few months leading up to the Labor primaries will be "only political." Even if it's an economic-social plan, a coalition crisis, the evacuation of an outpost or two in the West Bank or giving up the Defense portfolio.
 
Peretz has missed his chance - apparently for good - for whatever he could have done half a year ago, before or after the war, and did not do. His plan could have been more brilliant than the Oslo Accords and could have represented an even greater breakthrough. But with his present status among the public and with most of Labor's ministers and MKs turning their backs on him, the most he can do is to send his plan to the party's members as an election missive.
 
Yesterday, the headlines of Internet news sites emphasized Ami Ayalon's objection to Peretz's plan. Ayalon, who also initiated a plan called "the National Census," took pains to say that he preferred Tzipi Livni's peace plan, because it was more daring and far-reaching. Livni, by the way, says she has no "plan" but a collection of political ideas intended to accelerate a faltering peace process.
 
In any case, Olmert's government, not even one year old, already looks like an administration on its last legs. When the foreign and defense ministers are campaigning for private political initiatives without the prime minister's agreement (in Livni's case) and without his knowledge (in Peretz's case), they enhance the general feeling that everything is collapsing.
 
It would be one thing if something were going on, but nothing is. There was that meeting, and the kiss with Abu Mazen. But nothing has moved since then. True, a few roadblocks were removed, but then came that mess-up in Ramallah. The negotiations on releasing Gilad Shalit are being held up and everything seems stuck.
 
Olmert flew to China yesterday, as far away as possible from Peretz and Livni. On the way to the airport he received a phone call from Peretz who told him about the plan he was about to present to his party's Knesset faction. It's easy to picture Olmert listening quietly, nodding politely, maybe muttering some ironic comment. Every time he goes overseas, something annoying crops up to spoil it for him. Once it was his nuclear slip of the tongue, another time it was the IDF operation in Ramallah; and now Peretz is nagging him with this plan-shman of his.
 
Oh well, Olmert probably said to himself, in another few months the man on the other end of the line will be Ehud Barak, and he won't play such tricks on me - at least I hope not.


Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors. Originally posted at http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/01/purely-political.html. Please do link to these articles, quote from them and forward them by email to friends with this notice. Other uses require written permission of the author.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment



<< Home


FREE EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION
Subscribe to
ZNN
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by groups.yahoo.com


Feedblitz subcription
To this Blog only

You can receive our articles by e-mail. For a free subscription, please enter your e-mail address:


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Web Logs & Sites

This Site

Zionism & Israel
Zionation Web Log
IMO Web Log (Dutch)

ZI Group
Zionism-Israel Pages
Israël-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Israƫl in de Media
MidEastWeb Middle East News and Views
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log

Brave Zionism
Israel: Like this, as if
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog

Friends and Partners
EinNews Israel
Israel Facts
Israel Proud Adam Holland
Middle East Analysis
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Middle East Analysis
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israpundit
Israel Facts (NL)
Cynthia's Israel Adventure
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Meretz USA Weblog
Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers
Simply Jews
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
Sharona's Week
Z-Word Blog
Z-Word
Jewish State
Take A Pen - Israel Advocacy
Zionism on the Web
UN-Biased
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Zionism
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Southern Wolf
Peace With Realism
Sanda's Place
Liberal for Israel
Realistic Dove
Blue Truth
Point of no Return
Christians Standing With Israel
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog
Liberticracia
CNPublications
SEO

Reference
Zionism
Anti-Semitism
Anti-Zionism
Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Middle East Encyclopedia
Bible
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism & the creation of Israel
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Christian Zionism Resources
Christian Zionism
Albert Einstein
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Islamism
Jihad
Zionist Quotes
Six Day War
Jew Hatred
Israel
Jew
Learn Hebrew
Arab-Israeli Conflict
International Zionism
Russian

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Israel Boycott
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War
Boycott Israel?
Dutch Newspaper Reporting: A Study of NRC Handelsblad
Hamas (Dutch)
Dries van Agt (Dutch)
Experimental
Isfake lobby
Mysterology

At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum

Judaica & Israel Gifts
Jewish Gifts: Judaica:
Ahava Products
Mezuzah

Powered by Blogger

Subscribe to
Posts [Atom]


RSS V 1.0

International Affairs Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory