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Sadly, Ms. Livni did not learn her lesson from Gaza, but pursued a carbon-copy policy the very next year: the Israeli military withdrawal from Lebanon. Ms. Livni also boasted of this accomplishment to Ha’aretz: “I created the idea of a diplomatic exit [from Lebanon]…I formulated [UN Security Council] Resolution 1701.” In short, the resolution called for the immediate removal of all Israeli troops from Lebanon, leaving the task of overseeing a then-ailing Hezbollah to an ill-equipped Lebanese army and international peace-keeping force.
The result: Hezbollah is presently the most heavily armed terrorist organization in the world, and has amassed so much popular support that it now controls the Lebanese government, constituting a major threat to the country’s future sovereignty (if said sovereignty can still be claimed to exist), and to stability in the Middle East, in general. This reality, coupled with Hezbollah’s unwavering loyalty to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has effectively created a second Iranian proxy bordering Israel; which “see[s] in Israel…the hated enemy that must be fought until the hated ones get what they deserve.”
The greatest travesty is that we continue to support Ms. Livni even though she has still not learned her lesson. Ms. Livni continues to state that, if given the opportunity (again), her intent is to advance the same failed agenda by handing over the West Bank to the Palestinians.
Tzipi Livni rightfully shares many of our admirable “humanistic” principles. However, to Israel’s detriment, she also suffers from a common affliction: the delusion that these values apply to, and will be internalized by, fundamentalists devoted to Israel’s destruction. This “phenomenon,” ironically, manifests in its own form of radicalism: the steadfast commitment to “staying the course”—each time anticipating a different outcome—despite decades of concrete evidence confirming that such an approach is misguided.
Not surprisingly, this procedure—endlessly repeating the same dangerous, failed actions—constitutes the very definition of insanity.
Charles Bybelezer is Publications Chairman at the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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