Just as Olmert boasted that the summer 2006 Lebanon debacle was a boon for “convergence, realignment, consolidation” or whatever other synonyms he chose on whatever day, Dr. Aaron Lerner’s weekly commentary decries Olmert’s recent Annapolis boasts. Olmert’s latest so-called “peace” efforts “presenting Israeli withdrawals as a gain rather than sacrifice” and his bogus assertions that “Israel has no choice but to accept a final status deal at any price” are part of the regime’s destructo “diplomacy” which only further emboldens the murderous Islamic enemy. MB
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s supporters cite the bombing of the Syrian facility on September 6 as proof that Olmert has learned from the fiasco in the Second Lebanon War.
Unfortunately, this is hardly the case.
The problem is that the operation in Syria is the exception – not the rule.
The operation shows what Israel can do when it recognizes a serious problem, prepares and then executes a plan to address it.
And in a timely fashion.
But Olmert hasn’t done this for any of Israel’s other many problems and challenges.
The Olmert team has at best a vague notion of what it actually expects or wants from the Palestinians vis-a-vis the roadmap.
The underpinnings of Olmert’s final status talks philosophy are no deeper than the mutterings one hears at a dinner party attended by like minded withdrawal supporters. That’s “like minded” because much of it would not survive a reasonable discussion in which contrasting views were also considered.
To make matters worse, Mr. Olmert’s remarks serve to seriously devalue
Israel’s “bargaining chips” by presenting Israeli withdrawals as a gain rather than sacrifice and this while arguing that Israel essentially has no choice but to accept a final status deal at any price.
The Olmert team hasn’t done any better in its mishandling of the smuggling into Gaza from Egypt where it has participated in a time consuming wild goose chase after a technological solution to the problem instead of proposing and pushing for a workable expeditious solution.
And the list goes on.
The nation can ill afford another year of the same.
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