Israel’s Irresponsible Opposition


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It so happens that the “people’s desire” has been gauged by polls. One at the end of last month found 54% of Israelis rejecting an extension of the settlement freeze and only 39% favoring it. Another one this month found 68% of Israelis saying Netanyahu was better suited to be prime minister than Livni.

This did not come, of course, from a lack of desire for peace, but from an understanding that acting without a backbone, constantly projecting a willingness to concede, and a lack of principles and red lines, is not a path to peace but to perceived weakness and war—as bitterly demonstrated to Israelis over the past two decades by their Oslo, Lebanon, and Gaza concessions.

With Livni as unpopular as she is, one might ask if her words matter at this stage. The answer is that they fit a pattern that has prevailed since a Likud-led government first took office in Israel in 1977—whereby the left-of-center opposition, formerly led by the Labor Party and now by Livni’s Kadima Party, adopts the stance that peace with the Palestinian or Arab side is there for the taking and it’s the elected Israeli government that prevents it.

Indeed, by the time Labor returned to power in 1992, it seemed to have convinced itself of that idea to the point that it launched the disastrous, bloody Oslo “process” with Yasser Arafat. And beyond the grievous harm that the “peace equals concessions” mentality causes within Israel, it reinforces all those abroad who blame the conflict on Israel and ignore the facts about Palestinian and Arab rejection of a Jewish state.

There is no record, for instance, of the TV interviewer asking Livni if she herself believes Israel can make peace with the rulers of Gaza—Hamas. Nor does she seem to have been reminded that the prime minister she served under, Ehud Olmert, admitted that Abbas, for his part, had turned down flat Olmert’s own ultra-dovish peace offer—or been asked why she posits that a further offer to Abbas would meet a different fate.

The second above-cited poll also found that, if elections were held in Israel today, the Likud-led right-wing bloc would grow from 65 to 73 Knesset seats (out of 120) while the left-wing and Arab bloc now led by Livni’s Kadima would shrink from 55 seats to 47. In brief, the Israeli public is no longer buying the “peace is there for the taking if we make all the concessions” line.

Livni, in continuing to push that line, keeps harming Israel, but also seems intent on making herself a political nonplayer.

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  • Terry

    Livni and the Isreali left always work on the principle that if they have nothing to say, at least say nothing loudly. That way someone, somewhere may take these cretins seriously. Emphasise 'may'. I certainly won't.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    That woman is one the most dangerous amongst those elements working feverishly against the State for years. I know her in person as a veteran member of the LIKUD Central C. Untrusworthy, underhanded, sneaky and if observed carefully, ALWAYS around suspects and or convicted criminals. Sharon was under investigation for gigantic personal law violations, his son Omri just completed serving a jail sentence, Hirsheson is in jail, Hanegbi has been found guilty. Ramon? etc.
    However, she somehow manages fo remain "clean", a remarkable achievament for such element.
    She was actively involved on the "disengagement" and promoted the idea of separating families to "re-educate" them in camps…
    During the Lebanon II disaster she was part of the infamous "inner cabinet"… With Olmert, Peretz, Halutz and other "luminaries".
    Horrible item that one.
    She is not just now sabotaging, that is their way of life.

  • Ahmad Yaqeen

    The left have the characteristics of a very deadly disease that turns in its host.
    It is commonly referred to as "CANCER. The survival rate for those afflicted with
    Cancer is not great unless the disease is caught in the early stages.

    Below is an excerpt from Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to the UN quoting the words
    Winston Churchil.

    "Over seventy years ago, Winston Churchill lamented what he called — he called it, “the confirmed unteachability of mankind." And by that he meant the unfortunate habit of civilized societies to sleep and to slumber until danger nearly overtakes them.

    Churchill bemoaned what he called — I'm reading, "the want of foresight, the unwillingness to act when action will be simple and effective, the lack of clear thinking, the confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.”

  • WildJew

    Kadima is the party former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon founded after he forcibly uprooted thousands of peaceful, law-abiding Jews from their homes and land. Sharon was once a strong advocate of the settlement enterprise; of settling our land. In late August 2005, Sharon turned on Israel's settlement enterprise with a vengeance and became a destroyer of Jewish communities. Kadima is the result of this philosophy. Kadima is the party of surrender and retreat from our God-given land. That is why I was shocked to see Mr. Mr. Netanyahu courting Kadima and Livni as part of his governing coalition, early 2009 after he was tapped to form a government. Instead of reaching out to solid land-of-Israel Zionists (National Union for example), Netanyahu reached out to defeatists; to advocates of surrender.

  • WildJew

    David H. wrote: "Asserting that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu should give in to the pressure and extend the freeze….Livni said in a TV interview: “For me, a moratorium has nothing to do with ideology. What are a few buildings compared with the people’s desire for peace?”

    J.Post is reporting this moring: Head of the opposition MK Tzipi Livni (Kadima) speaking after Netanyahu, criticized the prime minister over his recent policies.

    "Under Kadima [rule], we continued to build [in the territories] with the international understanding that it would be an issue resolved in a final, permanent peace settlement [with the Palestinians]. A building freeze was never the policy of Kadima," said Livni.

    I suppose that was Kadima's position before the age of Obama. I'm confused. Which one is the real Tzipi Livni?

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  • waterwillows

    Let's look at it this way. The lefties have run away from their God, their morals, their courage and their common sense.
    Is it really any surprise that they would run away from their culture and country?
    They have allowed themselves to become a mindless destructive force, seeking nothing but self justification and power. They will sink to any depth required.

  • hijinx60

    I became increasingly interested in Israel over thirty years ago, and as a gentile observer I have noted that every time Israel has made a concession for "lasting peace," violence against them started shortly thereafter. Dealing with the arabs and Abbas for lasting peace would be like dealing with bedbugs for rest, either sleep on the floor, or get up and exterminate them.

  • Raymond in DC

    Livni has always been an opportunistic fool. She accuses Netanyahu of trying to "weaken" Obama, yet she clearly has no compunction about weakening her own Prime Minister. I've yet to hear her apologize for her role in promoting UNSC 1701 which prematurely ended the Lebanon War of 2006 while leaving Hizbullah effectively free to rearm.