Monday, June 26, 2006

NYT: Peretz "Faulted by Left and Right"

This article tells you more about liberal thinking concerning Israel than it does about Peretz, but it is fascinating reading. Here is short excerpt:
"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.

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."
You read that correctly: "the courage not to fight back."

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