Maybe When It Comes to Prime Ministers It is time To Get the Hook
Maybe When It Comes to Prime Ministers It is time To Get the Hook

By Arlene Peck

Sometimes, after writing one of my politically incorrect columns, I get e-mail.lots and lots of email. Most times, they arrive after my dissertations of how I cannot, no way, no how understand how the government in Israel continues to cow-tow to the American State Dept.'s and European Union's demands by acting like a banana republic.

Truly, it amazes me how the same band of old and destructive men continue to call the shots in the Israeli government. However, then again, as big as our country is, it is a wonder that the Democrats could not find anybody other than Kerry to save the party. On the other hand, how is it that the Republicans could not do any better with what they came up with? Truly, we had slim pickings.

Yet, as bad as our decisions are, and they are sometimes very bad, I sit amazed how the citizens of Israel are not demonstrating by the millions their discontent with the appalling lack of leadership that continues to be heaped upon them daily by the powers that be. Shimon Peres? Good Lord! How are people still listening to him after the other fiascos this man has caused over the decades?

I think it's time to 'get the hook' as they did in the old vaudeville days and drag Peres off the international stage before he causes his usual destruction while pretending to be a "statesman". Correct me if I am wrong. Isn't Shimon Peres the same man who is the perennial Prime Minister and/or holder of various other appointed key positions who has never won an election by the citizens of Israel? Naw, this isn't possible. Is it? Could this be a man who is appointed by his Likud counterpart, Ariel Sharon, in what seems to be on a regular basis from the opposing party (Labor) to keep the band-aid of unity on Sharon's government and it is allowed to happen. Truly, I do not understand it (but I know that Israel does not have a written constitution or direct election of government leaders and Knesset members by the people themselves).

Has nobody remembered the thousands of Oslo-related murders of innocent civilians in Israel and the many more thousands of maimed or wounded Israelis by actions initiated by Peres and his self-serving commentaries? Well, for one thing, it is obvious the current Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, is suffering from dementia and complete loss of memory.

How does it work? It seems that every time the Likud gets into trouble, they do the "appease" dance and rush to bring back the very same politicians who got them into that situation in the first place. Then Labor comes to the rescue and they both celebrate by re-opening the jails and releasing a couple of hundred terrorists as another 'good-will' gesture.

So, I read and I listen to the news. And, frankly, I was a little surprised to read in today's Los Angeles Times a headline "Labor OK's Alliance with Sharon". Ok, that didn't surprise me. They are always sharing these alliances with Sharon. We have all seen them do this dance before. What does surprise me, though, is how there is not more outrage and how these same men keep being voted in or appointed to power positions decade after decade. How long are they going to play musical chairs with the same tired old men before letting fresh blood make some of the decisions? And, they talk about the old Palestinian leadership?

Now, what do I know? I am just an American interloper sitting in the comfort of my Marina del Rey home watching the same savages on our television who have been bombing and terrorizing the citizens of Israel for years. Silly American me. I actually thought at one time that if a defeated party such as Labor were roundly defeated by the electorate, then that's it. However, that's not how it works in Israel.

>From what I understand, only as an outsider mind you, is that socialism is so entrenched in the culture of Israel that no matter how many times the Likud is actually voted in by the country, Shimon Peres will always be there to pick up the pieces for Sharon. They will never have to worry about having a date for the prom, as they always seem to have each other. The hell with the voters!

Which reminds me, how come nobody notices that though the majority of Sharon's parties voted overwhelmingly against the establishment of a Palestinian state a couple of years ago and again over two-thirds majority against his unilateral disengagement plan, he is still able to proceed on his merry way?

Hey, what do I, as a tourist know? It seems to me that refusing to allow your own people the right to go to the polls by way of a referendum before this disastrous disengagement plan leads you guys to the brink of civil war might be the way to go. I don't think that dividing and wounding your constituents is the way to go, other than making a lot of people in my State Dept. happy.

I know if George W. would wake up one day and say he wants to turn California over to Mexico, we'd need a vote. Although, come to think of it, I think that's already happened. And, folks, to me it looks like this is only the first step of a further withdrawal from most of the Jews ancient land, from Judea and Samaria. I wouldn't be surprised it the next step would broaching the thought of how Tel Aviv or Haifa is Muslim-based. Hey, they've already staked a claim as Jerusalem as their capital. Maybe you could move Abraham and the rest of the family to Toledo since Islam has already set it up for destruction in the holy name of Allah?

However, just a thought, even though I'm only a 'tourist' from America. I like the fact that the nine million of us Jews who are living like me, outside Israel, have a place to find refuge. In fact, silly as this sounds, I consider myself as an American-born Israeli. Hey, if the blacks, most of which have never even set eyes on Africa are called African-Americans, then why not the Jews? And, with anti-Semitism at an all-time high, it might be a prudent thing to do.

So, shouldn't the million plus European Jews who are once again facing dangers from Jew-hating have a place to go when the time comes? Does Sharon really have the right to give away to the sworn enemies of the Jews part of the land that will lead to the end of their and our home and refuge?

Incidentally, the same article in the L.A.Times quoted the front runner in the upcoming election, Mahmoud Abbas: "Arafat will remain the beacon that will lead us in the struggle for the end of the Israeli occupation of our land occupied in 1967, where we will build our independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and by fairly solving the refugee problem, which is the heart of the Palestinian issue." Ain't that grand? I wonder if he thinks anything should be done about the million or so Jews who were forced out of Muslim nations?

I'm not even very religious, but, somehow it's important to me that the Muslims aren't given this Palestinian state which is obviously going to be an Islamic springboard to remove what will be left of Israel. But, then, what do I know?

Arlene Peck

Arlene Peck is an internationally syndicated columnist and television talk show hostess. She travels extensively worldwide, reporting to her audience about political events, social happenings (Cannes Film Festival, London event for the Variety Club, etc.) and "must see" spots. If there is a place to see and be seen, she'll write about it for her international audience.

Arlene's syndicated column is read weekly by millions and her television show ("Wow! It's Arlene Peck!") can be seen throughout Southern California every Monday night.

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