Thursday, December 02, 2004

Disengagement Minister

Ariel Sharon is in coalition trouble, and Labor might bail him out. However, Ma'ariv reports that Labor leader Shimon Peres might accept a newly created post of disengagment minister. This strikes me as a problematic idea. When Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula, the evacuation of settlements was in the hands of hardliner Ariel Sharon. As we enter the delicate withdraw phase, I can see settlers who have trust in a figure like Sharon being less willing to cooperate fully with the management decisions of someone like Shimon Peres, whom even many in the Israeli peace camp find idealistic.


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