28 January 2006

The blame game

It seems that in their pre-election fever, some local politicos are going over the top with "I told you so" regarding Hamas' victory. Blame somebody, just somebody, but preferably, of course, not in my bailiwick - seems to be the name of the game. Both the right and left wings of Israeli politics suddenly got something to gripe about.

"This has to be a day of soul-searching because the writing was on the wall. The policy of giving land for free gave a prize to terror and a winning card to Hamas.", says Bibi Netanyahu, conveniently forgetting that he sat, comfortably glued to his government chair for the whole period, save the last two weeks, when disengagement from Gaza was being planned and executed.

National Union Chairman Zvi Hendel issued a statement saying that Hamas won because it showed the Palestinians that terror was the only way to "defeat and expel Israel."Hendel and Orlev said that they hoped that their parties would enjoy renewed interest among the Israeli public in light of Hamas's victory.

You bet, gentlemen - the voters are already queuing to express their "renewed interest".

"We have no intention of allowing negotiations to take place, or allowing a third party to force us to recognize an organization that openly seeks to destroy Israel," Peretz said.

Sure - the time come to show some concern with security, too.

Meretz leader Yossi Beilin argued that the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza strengthened Hamas by undermining the Palestinian Authority. Beilin, however, pushed for the Israeli government to push for a peace agreement while it could still negotiate with moderate Palestinian politicians.

Just imagine - Yossi agreeing with Bibi on more than the price of the Knesset cafeteria's coffee! Well, they have one other thing in common - both their parties are currently in some serious dreck.

Bibi's hypocrisy, of course, is unmatchable, but the angle displayed by the following just takes the cake:

"Red-faced IDF misread the 'street'" - screams Yaakov Katz from JP. It seems that he assigned IDF to be the main pollster of Palestinian street. How about yourself, Yaakov?

So the above prize goes to Yaakov Katz.