STAND UP TO SHARON says Pat Buchanan od The American Conservative, 12/15/03:
Israel is a "thunderously failed reality" that "rests on a scaffolding of
corruption, and on foundations of oppression and injustice." Were these
words spoken by an American leader, he would be denounced as an
anti-Semite. But these are the words of a former speaker of the Israeli
Knesset who cries for his country. "The countdown to the end of Israeli
society has begun," writes Avraham Burg, "the end of the Zionist enterprise
is already on our doorstep."
"Israel, having ceased to care about the children of the Palestinians,
should not be surprised when they come washed in hatred and blow themselves
up in the centers of Israeli escapism." Burg implores "Diaspora Jews" to
"speak out." To little avail.
Why? Why, when a Knesset member is unintimidated, are we so silent? Why,
when Ariel Sharon is dragging America's good name through the mud and blood
of Ramallah and Jenin, are we so tongue-tied? Did not Burke instruct us,
"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men"?
Israelis are speaking truth to power. Army Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon has
told Israel's press it was Sharon who undermined Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas. Twenty-seven Israeli Air Force pilots have refused to obey "immoral
orders" for air strikes on "populated civilian centers..."