Friday, September 16, 2005

Sharon makes his farewell speech to the Likud

The left was correct. We cannot rule the Palestinians forever. The right was correct, there is no partner on the Palestinians side. Sharon has realized this. In his “farewell to the Likud speech” he said at the yesterday,
"The right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel does not mean disregarding the rights of others in the land. The Palestinians will always be our neighbors. We respect them, and have no aspirations to rule over them. They are also entitled to freedom and to a national, sovereign existence in a state of their own."

Haaretz described the PM like so. "Sharon was excited, here and there he breathed heavily, and it was clear that he had prepared for the address carefully. For a moment it seemed that it was Yitzhak Rabin, his former commander, standing on the stage, reading one of the peace speeches that Eitan Habber had written for him. The same references to Jerusalem, the Jewish nation's eternal capital. The same apology for choosing the army and war as a way of life, which was forced on him instead of the farmwork he loved. The same call to the Palestinians to work together for peace "for our children and grandchildren."

We read in Isaiah 11:6 that when mashiach comes "The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf together; and a little child will lead them." If Sharon is being described as Rabin, Mashiach must be just around the corner.


old carriage sports lounge said...

i guess sometimes history is also destined to repeat itself. life just took sharon to that place where it's hard for people to stand up and voice unpopular opinions and make unpopular choices. i respect sharon. and i'm mad at him. i hate him. and i love him. i was an ardent admirer of rabin as well, and i continue to mourn his death. but it seems to me that no prime minister of israel will ever be able to eliminate the element of terror because israel will never have a partner to work with, so it almost doesn't matter whether he's with likud or labor, or even kach or avoda. ittay, they will always want to destroy us, in every generation. this is the amalek at work and moshiach's our only vessel out of this eternal jew-hating.

Ittay said...

Whilst I agree that mashiach would be wonderful, I think we should try some other alternatives in the meantime. I think that the Jews of Australia and America are currently in a golden-age. We are not despised by the general population, and there are many Jews in positions of influence. The language of diplomacy and negotiation may be our best bet in ending this conflict. If it could work in any generation , this is it.

Erica, Until, then, I agree there are some who will hate us no matter what we do. Against them we must fight. But this is not the majority. The majority of Palestinians want to live in peace, raise the children to go to university and have good jobs. Just like we want for our kids. Leaving Gaza gives them a sporting chance.

Perhaps mashiach is not a man on a donkey who will come and redeem us, but an era where every human takes on the ethical legacy of Abraham, arguing for the people of Sodom, caring for the stranger, widow and orphan. That is a world I want to live in.

ifyouwillit said...

A mentor of mine once bodly stated he believed we were living in the times of Moshiach. There would be no donkey or further display of G-d's hand, but the fact the state was founded and the Negev was blooming was proof enough that the redemption had come.

I disagree.

Many say that we are on the way to the days of redemption, I guess that all depends on how your zionism and religion interact, but something is going on in the region.

The fall of Saddam's regime in Iraq and the death of Arafat are just two events of recent time that will remodel the Middle East, and hopefully other Arab nations will lead the example of Pakistan and acnowledge Israel, and hopefully lead us into an era of peace.

I am not all that optimistic, but it is a nice thought.

ifyouwillit said...

I forgot to mention, I have added you to the "links" on my blog.

Nemo said...

Why do you insist that life will get better for the Palestinians? Is chaos better than foreign oppression {for defense, of course}? Do you truly apply value to Abbas' threats that chaos will stop?

The police are crooked and incompetent. There is no one that will make law and order come.

There is the perfect vacuum to begin a free-market economy, but no one with the motivation to build up.

The Palestinians play the blame game.

They will soon realize that they were better off under Israeli dominion than their new position. If there was only this "partner for peace", something real could even come out of that system