Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Ariel Sharon!

He was very good. These are just my thoughts, since I'm guessing his full speech will be available online shortly. He had a nice sense of humor, which I wasn't expecting. At one point, he discussed being on Bush's Crawford Ranch and marveling that he had more cows (on his farm) than the leader of the free world has. It was endearing. As most of you know, I'm torn on the disengagement issue, feeling for the people who will have to leave their towns, homes, lives, etc... BUT, I do not approve of what happened during Sharon's speech. A man stood up and started shouting about saving Gush Katif. While this may be a noble way to feel, this was NOT the place and surely did NOT win the rest of the room's hearts to his cause. AIPAC does not need that happening at its function. Sure, protest at the front of the building. That's fine. As soon as they security got to this guy, some woman on the other side of the room did the same thing.

But then an amazing thing happened.

The remaining 5,000+ people stood up and started clapping for Sharon -- to drown out what the woman was yelling. It truly was something to witness.

After that, things got back on track. The highlight to me was his saying that Jerusalem would be the capitol of Israel, now and forever... and even longer than forever. What I didn't like was that when he returns to Israel, he plans to put forth a plan to release 400 more prisoners. Oy.


At 5:00 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

oy indeed

At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

"He had a nice sense of humor, which I wasn't expecting."
I heard him once on Australian TV talking with some reporters.
He was very good.
He appeared as a very sincere person as well as witty.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I just read about the prisoners. It was inevitable. But, a bad idea.

At 12:08 AM, Blogger patrickafir said...

I respect Arik as I respect Norman Schwarzkopf—he knows how to go into battle focused and steeled to get the job done. Every day I'm scared that it's not going to work, that it will all be for nothing—again. But look where Barak got to... He was ready to give it all away, and it still wasn't enough.

My heart is broken for everyone losing their homes, and I'm hoping that the bulldozer lives up to his name. Israel has been bleeding for long enough.

So, Esther, after soaring across the constellation of luminaries there, is it hard coming back down to the Earth of your blog homies? lol (kidding) It's good for us to have a correspondent there.

At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Rory said...

Sharon displayed an example of his sense of humor during a recent intervew. He was asked about the rumors that Israel might be planning to attack the Iranian nuclear reactor. Speaking of all the various rumors that have been going around about Israel vis-a-vis Iran, Sharon responded that he believes he's even heard a rumor that he's planning to EAT Iran.


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