"You can say peace, peace, peace, but if you face war then either you fight back or you shouldn't be defense minister," said Yuval Steinitz, a member of the right-wing Likud Party, which has argued for a renewed military role in Gaza.You read that correctly: "the courage not to fight back."
Critics on the other side wonder whether he will have the courage not to fight back against the Palestinians. "The music sounds a little better, but the substance is the same," said Yariv Oppenheimer, the director of Peace Now, a leftist Israeli group working for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation. "The policy is the same. I hope he will get more confident and change the policy."
Monday, June 26, 2006
This article tells you more about liberal thinking concerning Israel than it does about Peretz, but it is fascinating reading. Here is short excerpt: