Netanyahu: Government's consent to ceasefire inconceivable
Attila Somfalvi
Published: 19.06.08, 12:15
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1. in full agreement
D. Katz ,   Ashkelon, Israel   (06.19.08)
I must say that I fully agree with Netanyahu. How can there be a cease fire without some indpendent monitor, and without receiving Shalit. The border with Egypt will be a joke, more thank it is now, with Hamas smuggling more safisiticated weaponry than ever before. Why is it always that it takes a huge loss of life, before the goverment chooses to act and protect its citizens?
2. more blah blah from BB
Simon ,   TA the free city   (06.19.08)
As usual more blah blah from BB although it should be noted he wears a nice suit and the cameras like him. iHowever no alterantive solution as usaul and this is the man most likely to become the next prime minister.
3. Achieved Nothing? Why? In the meantime the IDF
Miriam ,   Israel   (06.19.08)
can destroy Jewish homes in Jewish owned land. The "Deputy Defense Minister ", the heartless Villain, vowed to demolish Jewish homes, while illegally built Arab homes in the area have been spared destruction.
4. How come the opposition is so weak?
LEE ,   NY, USA   (06.19.08)
Can someone help explain why Netanyahu is not leading a strong opposition? It seems that with the weakest and least supported gov't in Israel's history, any form of opposition can gain great momentum if it just does what it needs to, namely, to oppose. Where is an opposition of the kind that Moshe Feiglin organized with Zo Artzeinu at the time of the dreaded Oslo Accords? It's enough that we bear the pathetic acts of the current gov't, but doesn't Israel at least deserve a strong and loud opposition, one that organizes protests, shouts with the loudest voice, gives concrete alternatives, and instills hope in a disappointed populace? Can it possibly be that Netanyahu simply assumes that he will sweep the next election without much effort and therefore is sitting quiet or can it be that Netanyahu doesn't have much to offer, and is in reality not much of an alternative to the puppets we currently have?
5. Kol haKavod
David ,   Haifa   (06.19.08)
At least Bibi is honest enough to use the prononoun "we". Without giving Olmert and Barak any credit we have to conclude that the been-there-done-that approach of the Liebermans and Nethanyahus did not produce any positive results either.
6. Netanyahu and Govt connsent
I.Kemp ,   Nahariya Israel   (06.19.08)
Bibi you said to me 20 years ago in London inperson that "Israel is a democracy..." ! If so why is this Government still in power and why has the opposition been as effective as wet paper ?. Israel is a pretend democracy. Would you be any better than what we have now ?
7. To Simon - the gay TA leftist
Arie ,   BaGolan   (06.19.08)
blah blah? Under the government of the Jewish State of Israel, you have been able to come out of the closet, openly admit your preferences, and have no one beat down your door like they do in EVERY islamofascist are - your beloved gaza and pa included - and string you up! Bibi, or any other potential PM will not be as willing to allow the islamofascists to take over our State. Be careful what you wish for
8. Bibi is wrong - olmert achieved much
Arie ,   BaGolan   (06.19.08)
Examples: for the first time inour history, we have surrendered to terrorism; for the first time in our history we see existential threats and we do everything in the PM gangs' powers to keep the IDF from reacting; for the first time in our history, we are arming our enemy; for the first time in our history, cabinet members are allowed to condemn Israeli victims of terrorism for having the audacity to complain that the PM's gang is doing nothing; and for the first time in our history, a PM is on his hands and knees begging the 5th column islamofascists in the Knesset to keep him afloat. What do you mean nothing has been accomplished?
9. Truth
Mike ,   USA   (06.19.08)
Stop talking about what Bibi did back when. Olmert and his other surrender monkys have done more damage to Israel then ever before. Yes, Hamas will re-arm and kill some more Jews, since we all know that jewish blood is cheap. It was not always that way, it is today. Israel under the Kadima fools is a weak, wimpy country. They deserve all that they will get. Shame or this impotent government for still being in power
Ray ,   USA   (06.19.08)
Israel is the weak link in the WAR ON TERROR., Next Olmert will probably donate tanks and helicopters to Hamas (and Abbas)..Can't let them lack for mean to destroy Israel. INSANITY.
11. Netanyahu: Government's consent to ceasefire inconceivable
Jim ,   Jerusalem Israel   (06.19.08)
Netanyahu is just another one who knows how to talk, and knows to talk very nicely, Joseph's Tomb where 6 defenders were slaughtered, PM Netanyahu did nothing, the answer is not which government is in power, left right, or center, but what are the values of the capitalist the industrialist of Israel are? we all know that if, g-d forbid missiles should rain down on Tel Aviv or Haifa Israel would not hesitate to declare war. Why then are people living in small towns in th south of the country of less value?
12. Bibi you are part of the cabinet of 'do nothings'
David P. ,   Santa Cruz, USA   (06.19.08)
y don't u do something about it?
13. BB 100% right--now wait for a repeat in Golan/Lebanon.
David ,   Montreal, Canada   (06.19.08)
Olmert will sell his bubbe to stay out of jail, so of course he will screw the country.
14. To David #12
Concerned Israeli   (06.19.08)
Parliamentary politics lesson #1: the opposition, which Bibi heads, is not part of the cabinet. Thus, he can't do anything except continue to criticize our corrupt and impotent government i.e. cabinet.
15. Worse than nothing, terrorists free to make new bombs.
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles, CA USA   (06.19.08)
16. Ohnomert - How 'bout trading Simon from TA for Shalit?
YMBMY ,   Modiin, Israel   (06.19.08)
Have Shas handle the transfer...Being that Simon is their biggest fan, they would probably do it without getting money for it. (Then again, may be not - they seem to like getting money for anything). After Simon sees how Hamas treats people with "alternative lifestyles", perhaps he will recognize the freedoms he has in Israel, even if he could not parade his spandex in TA or Jerus.
17. Bibi is right and I don't like Bibi!
David ,   Karmiel, Israel   (06.19.08)
This time you are right MK Netanyahu! There are very few things that you have said and done that I have agreed with after your promises of change and electoral reform. You let us down after we supported you in your election bid to be Prime Minister. You made the lives of thousands of the elderly, the sick and the handicapped a living hell. Due to your economic policies the victims of those policies are eating "food" they have scrounged" from the garbage! Yes, Israel's economy is today thriving due to your policies but the only beneficiaries are the middle class and the rich. This said, regarding this "truce" you are 100% right. PM Olmert only yesterday stated on TV that the release of Gilad Shalit was paramount to the truce. In the same speech he back tracked. The fact is that the only beneficiaries of this ridiculous agreement brokered by the Egyptians, whose interests are certainly not the welfare of Gilad but the millions of dollars they get from the US every year for being "good little boys", are the terrorists and it has further endangered Gilad's life and opened the door to rearming and improving the arsenal of the Palestinians! My one question for MK Netanyahu is why didn't he and his co- objectors to this farce try to block the truce in the High Court of Justice at least until Gilad had been freed? Please answer us Mr. Netanyahu!
18. Some possible reasons why the truce was signed
Phil ,   US   (06.19.08)
Hopefully, the real reason that Kadima agreed to the truce was to arrange a deal with the US. In return for agreeing to the cease-fire as a final gesture to resolving the issue peacefully, the US promised to support any Israeli military action if the cease-fire fails. Considering the fact that Saudi Arabia agreed to pump more oil at the same time that Israel suddenly agreed to pursue a cease-fire, this may be a possible scenerio. Of course, Israel may have been pushed into the cease-fire by the US without any assurances of support if the cease-fire doesn't work. Unfortunately, there are other possible reasons why Kadima agreed to the cease-fire that are also likely. One is that the govt. lacks the confidence in the IDF and was worried that launching a war against Hamas would have the same result as the Lebanese War fiasco of 2006. If this is true, then Israel is in really bad shape. Another reason is that Olmert wanted to show that he has accomplished something in his sorry tenure as PM. With calls for his resignation in the wake of the serious corruption allegations, a narcissist like Olmert would do anything to keep power---even at the expense of Israel's well-being. I just don't think that incompetence is the sole reason for Israel to sign such an agreement.
19. Delusional idiot
People like him created Hamas. And now he thinks that continuing in the direction of blind fear and arrogance will solve the problems it helped create.
20. Hamas Charter of Jewish Genocide
Linda Rivera ,   New York   (06.19.08)
Hamas Charter: 'Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims. Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.' There must be NO surrender of any more Jewish land to global Islam-the planned second Holocaust must be stopped! "The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy. In order to fulfill that goal, Islam can use every power available every way it can be used to bring worldwide revolution. This is Jihad.” —Sayeed Abdul A’la Maududi, ‘Jihad in Islam'
21. Netanyahu: Government's consent to ceasefire inconceivable
JD ,   USA   (06.19.08)
1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
22. I agree with Benjamin Netanyahu
David Powell ,   Everett, Wa. USA   (06.19.08)
There is no room for apeasement to terrorists. I shudder to find out what we in the US be dealing with a President Hussein Obama.
23. The big talker .He is know diffrent from
Eric....... ,   Israel...........   (06.19.08)
the rest of our government.He would do the same,or worse.The man is a opportunist thats Netanyahu.
24. They got what they wish for
Michael ,   Moscow, US   (06.19.08)
While totally agreed with the majority of English-speaking talkbackers of this article I went to a Hebrew version of YNet just out of curiosity to see how regular Israelis are responding to Netaniyahu statement. What I found there was astounding. Majority of responses I red can be qualified as: 1. Shallow. Majority of talkbacks are presented as just a single caption. Seems people do not bother themselves with argumentative writing and explaining their positions no matter whether they agree with the author or not 2. Rife with libel. Just plain rude hatred towards Netaniyahu. Even favorable comments are not using his full name and calling him by a nickname Bibi therefore diminishing him as a person Here is some excerpts from what I found there: (2) Nu indeed! Would you behave different? Everyone from aside knows how to criticize but in the end everyone is kneeling before hamas… (5) Demagogue! Demagoguery is a system of achieving political power by appealing to people’s basic fears and silly beliefs… (6) …Gol’ nefesh! Too bad I ain’t got no other citizenship. Otherwise I would have flown from here. Land that swallows her inhabitants! (24) Look who’s talking! A greatest liar of this country (EOM) (26) Can’t scare us, Bibi! You sad there will be katusha rockets in Askelon! (EOM) (33) Netaniyahu, head of government my as.. You got nothing besides an ability to scare us (EOM) (34) Netaniyahu, king of opposition. Wish you remain there! (EOM) Maybe Israelis just got what they wish for?
25. #20 Stupid people say stupid things
Chocko ,   NY, USA   (06.19.08) But I suppose the Arabs did this to show you in a poor light..Right?
26. 21-of course he is.
Ypip ,   Canada   (06.20.08)
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