PM Sharon to quit Likud
Attila Somfalvi
Published: 21.11.05, 01:41
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Michael Steiner ,   Praha, EU   (11.21.05)
I'm thrilled!! Dr. Sharon for a countless time attests to his unprecedented wisdom and selflessness. Is there anything this Lion--Ari Yisrael--would not sacrifice for his people and his country? Well done, Dr. Sharon: you're a giant and the people can see very clearly the difference between You and petty opportunists like those you'll leave behind in an imploding Liqud. ARIK -- MELEKH AL KOL HAARETZ!!!
2. Good Luck Mr. Sharon!
I am sorry that you have decided to leave Likud.
3. Good decision...
Ilan ,   Ra'anana   (11.21.05)
The Israeli society, more than ever, is waiting for a real centrist party to represent it... security talking, socialy and economic. Go Sharon! Take the good guys with you and leave the oportunists in the Likud. And create a strong center party that will be able to win the new populist left.
4. See the direct face photo. It gives the illusion of honesty.
Bunnie Meyer ,   Santa Monica, CA   (11.21.05)
5. end of the extremist right in israel
edward ,   las vegas   (11.21.05)
the death-loving war mongers are fractured for at least the next decade. congratulations to labor and the israeli realist parties
6. We're Saved!
Martin Kace ,   New York, USA   (11.21.05)
Congratulations, Mr. Prime Minister. No doubt can now remain as to your integrity, your bravery, and your profound love and good will for our country. Our doubts about our future are now, suddenly, dissolved. The way is now clearing to a safe, prosperous, thriving Israel. Thank you for your courage and determination. Yishar kochcha.
7. You go, Arik!
Josh ,   NYC   (11.21.05)
It'll be very interesting to see how this all pans out in the coming months... Sharon's party has to articulate policies, both vis-a-vis the Palestinians and equally importantly domestic issues. Unilateralism, or negotiation with Palestinians? Bibi economic policies, or more socialist? Much has to play out here, including the movement of politicians from both Likud, Labor and others to this party. And what of the religious parties? Then, of course, the voters will ultimately decide if a new Israeli political landscape is in the cards or if this new party will follow many before it and be relegated to the dustbin of history. I think the shakeup will be good for an Israeli public too often bogged down in the same old spiral of corruption and uninventive thinking. I only wish some politicians here in the states had the guts to do the same... Fasten your seatbelts, folks!
8. A politician re-invents himself
Marcel ,   Florida   (11.21.05)
Everything Sharon said to get elected as Likud P.M. turned out to be a lie. He kept none of his promises and folowed Mitzna's Labor agenda for the Gaza surrender and retreat. He reveals the true nature of politician. ,and for this he is called a great man by some. Honoring liars and con men has reached new lows At least Nevill Chamberlain recieved his proper place in history along with Quisling. Insanity prevails in high places.. Witness the Nobel Peace prize to the invertor of Islamic terrorism ,Yasser Arafat.
9. More clearly defined choices
Micha ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (11.21.05)
I believe that this will lead to a strengthening of Israel's policical system. The polical boundaries will be more clearly defined. Labor as left wing, Likud as right wing, and sharon's new party as centralist. The people will have a more clearly defined choice in which partly to vote for.
10. I respect someone who can adapt to changing realities
Howardf ,   Pacific Coast, USA   (11.21.05)
Actually, the fact that he adapted over time to the realities of the situation shows that rather than electing an utterly idealogue "bulldozer" the voters of Israel chose a person who could learn from experience. The situation in Israel has changed significantly vs. what it was in the 1990s and earlier periods, and it's clear that once he was responsible for Israel as a whole, he set aside some of the illusions that he most cherished and did what he thought was right. I rather think that Sharon's adaptability should be respected. I understand why some Likud voters want to hold onto every square centimeter of their past gains, but when a rigid static defense + offense is not addressing the real problem, an adaptive, "elastic defense" can be much stronger more effective. As some have said, it isn't clear what the policies of this new party will be, or who its core constituencies will be, etc. We'll all just have to wait and see. I am not sure what Sharon's objectives are at the moment other than to disentangle himself from the half of Likud that prefers rigidity to realsm. I love Israel and want to see it prosper. I don't know how this event will affect things. We'll just have to wait and see.
11. Sharon plus Peretz
Shalom Freedman ,   Jerusalem   (11.21.05)
Sharon is moving Left. His intended coalition partner is the Labor Party. He has just undermined the security of Israel with the Gaza agreement. He intends a very large giveaway indeed. All this has to be clearly seen by those who care for the security and well- being of Israel. We are into real- danger time.
12. bye sharon bibi is coming
fofo ,   tel aviv   (11.24.05)
i hope bibi be next pm
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