Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Haaretz Comments (And Also Gets It Right). There's an excellent (and surprisingly well-written) contemplation of Ayalon's speech in Haaretz. Check it out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with Ayalon and like-minded leftist extremists (yes, he's an extremist, no matter what Golan says. Just read some of the other things he's written, especially about Arafat at Camp David) is that they're more religious than the settlers. Their religion is that every good deed towards the Palestinians will be rewarded and ever bad deed will be punished, if not now then in the future. And they let the Palestinians define what is good and what is bad. According to this religion every destroyed settlement and every kilometer of surrendered land will automatically bring good will. Every counter-terror operation will automatically lead to Israeli deaths. This dogma is what determines Ayalon's and his fellow travellers' politics. They never allow common sense to intrude on their world-view where evil is always punished and good is always rewarded. What makes this pseudo-religious idealism dangerous is that, again, they let the Palestinians (or the United Nations) define what is good and evil and their own view of the Palestinians becomes so skewed and detached from reality that they walk into every trap that Arafat sets for them like little children, again and again.

10:27 AM  
Blogger benjamin said...

I agree with you about the religiosity of much of the Israeli Left, though by no means all of it. Certainly Peres is a theologian of the first order, and Yossi Beilin even more so. I don't know anything about Ayalon's previous views, so I'm only working from what he's saying here, which seems to me to be essentially correct and also very encouraging. Mainly because it represents an attempt by the Left to engage in the political debate honestly and decently rather then spewing invective from the sidelines.

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