Sunday, August 07, 2005

Netanyahu Resigns!

Wow. Among his reasons why were that he didn't want to be a part of something that was tearing Israel apart as well as handing over land to Hamas for a terrorist state (or something to that affect).

If he feels this way, why didn't he resign back when Sharansky did? I'm glad he did it, don't get me wrong. Takes the stink off of him if he ever wants to run the country again (which we all know he does). But what's with the timing? Thoughts?


At 5:02 PM, Anonymous seawitch said...

Even if he did resign just to gain points for opposing disengaement and then to be run against Sharon at some later date, would he have enough support to win?

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

This is stupid to say...One of my homeschool parents occasionally confers with Netanyahu. I wonder if that homeschool parent has any insights on the resignation. I'll have to ask if I get the chance.

As little as I know about Israel's internal politics, I have sometimes wondered why many others didn't resign over Sharon's plan. Maybe they did, but I missed it.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger drummaster2001 said...

i am in accord with Netanyahu and the nonviolent right on the pullout issue. Sharon clearly has lost his mind. Does he really think that the Palestinians are really going to stop their attacks by giving them Gaza and some of the West Bank? if he did, he is not fit to run the country.

timing wise, i have no clue why he waited. i have heard though that more and more people have been in opposition with this move as time has passed, so maybe he wanted to wait for more support. to answer seawitch, i think Netanyahu would have enough support to win an election.

At 3:12 AM, Blogger LASunsett said...

Honestly, I am surprised he didn't do it sooner, knowing how he feels about the whole issue.

At 3:12 AM, Anonymous seawitch said...


That's good. I always liked him. No nonsense and though.

The more I read about the disengagement, the more concerned I become for Israel's security. It shouts appeasement.

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

"Takes the stink off of him if he ever wants to run the country again (which we all know he does). "

It is my opinion that is exactly why he did it. Maybe the only reason why he did it.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Batya said...

Disengagement was wrong from day one. He should have resigned much earlier, and then he could have attempted leadership. Now...?

At 10:23 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Bibi is a straight-up pragmatic Zionist, and I always enjoy his writing (along with Dore Gold's). But, he's also a politician, so here's what I'm thinking: I'd say he didn't like the disengagement plan from the get-go, but by sticking around up 'til now, he can say that he wasn't implacable—that he gave it a real chance. What a crazy time for Israel.

At 3:43 AM, Anonymous Rory said...

Patrick, I agree with you about Netanyahu. There's a lot that I think is impressive about him even though the Likud is a bit too right-wing for my taste. The problem seems to be that, as a politician, he has a reputation for being pretty weasely and self-serving, although he certainly wouldn't be unique in that respect. He did show that side of himself, though, when he was the UN Ambassador. On one of the Jewish holidays, he insisted on walking to an Orthodox synagogue in Manhattan. Of course, that created a security nightmare and he had to have a phalanx of bodyguards accompany him. Had he been an Orthodox Jew, I might not have had a problem with it but the truth is that when he's in Israel, he wouldn't be caught dead in a synagogue unless there were some political capital to be gained. Having said that, though, I still think he can probably do the most good in a very high profile position representing Israel in this country. But, apparently that isn't in the cards because what he wants is to be Prime Minister again.

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Batya said...

The really good ones were fired by Sharon. He stayed, and


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