Saturday, September 09, 2006

Peres Nixes Further Disenagagement (& A Mourning Notice)

Shimon Peres in Friday's Yedioth Ahronot supplement (p. 6 if you really want to double check me):

Q. Will there be a 'convergence'? Will Israel unilateraly withdraw from large portions of Judea and Samaria, a retreat that was the main axis of the Kadima platform?

A. The idea of disengagement, or one-sided convergence is finished. It is finished politically, psychologically and operationally. In Judea and Samaria, there will not be a repeat, twice over, of the retreat from Gaza. There will not be a massive evacuation of the Jewish communities.

Q. What motivates you to such a firm position?

A. The idea of convergence has died due to three reasons. The first: they are shooting at us from Gaza after we withdrew from it. The second: the Palestinian politics are asunder and divided and there is no one to take responsibility. And the thrid reason: Israel is a democracy and public opinion negates today the idea of an additionl unilateral disengagement. Therefore, it will not be, at least for the next five years or even the next decade.

Of course, we all said that would happen but Peres wouldn't believe us, nor Sharon.

So, Yedioth published, in its satire column, this mourning notice:

It reads,

The Prime Minister's Office Announces with Sorrow the Untimely Death of


which has left in its wake anarchy, desparation and emptiness

Grandpa Arik Sharon
Parents Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni
Limping Sister The Disengagement

Sitting Shiva at one of the houses of Ehud Olmert

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