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Political Analysis and Commentary
A Winning Platform
By Ted Belman
Likud won the ’03 elections and received more seats then ever before. This was due entirely to the differences in platform between Likud and Labour. Likud stood for aggressive policies to defeat terror and the rejection of Mitzna’s proposed evacuation of Gaza.
The next election is fast approaching. I predict that Likud will do even better this time around. In the last election, Israelis were suffering from murderous terrorism and wanted strong action to stop it. Likud promised to deliver and Israelis embraced them at the polls.
Now Israelis are suffering from the implications of the Roadmap which promised a Palestinian state that is “viable” and “contiguous”. Underlying the Roadmap is the intent to force Israel to continue making concessions it doesn’t want to make. The only benefit offered to Israel was that the Palestinians commitment to eradicate terror and incitement. Two years have passed since the approval of the Roadmap and the Palestinians have done nothing to honour their commitment. No one expects this to change for the better in the future. In fact more terror is promised and expected. It is time for Israel to abandon the Roadmap. If the world wants a peace process let it the Oslo Accords. I say this because the worst of Oslo was to allow the PLO to return to the territories. Oslo, in contrast to the Roadmap, didn’t promise a state let alone a viable or contiguous one. Any commitment we got from the PA in the Roadmap we already had in Oslo.
Israelis are also in a state of shock due to Sharon’s Disengagement Plan and the evacuation of Gaza. As a result they are in no mood for further withdrawals.
These are powerful issues which promise to elect whatever party is on the right side of them. True, Likud brought both calamities upon Israel but such calamities can be blamed on Sharon and rightfully so. Of course Likud Members of Knesset are not blameless. But that problem can be dealt with by the next leader of Likud.
Labour intends to resign from the government soon because it wants more concessions and more withdrawal. In the next election they will argue for more of the same and in so doing they will suffer a further reduction in seats. I don’t believe that Sharon will be able to start a new party that will defeat Likud. Sharon has discredited himself. Any further alliance with Labour will put an end to his political career.
Likud should adopt the following platform.
And that’s just for starters.