Tuesday, February 13, 2007
By Uri Avnery
"WHEN A Prime Minister has just lost a war, is dogged by corruption allegations and sees his popularity ratings in free fall - what can he do?
Why, he can initiate provocations.
A provocation diverts attention, generates headlines, creates the illusion of power, radiates a sense of leadership.
But a provocation is a dangerous instrument. It can cause irreversible damage.
PROVOCATION NO. 1: The northern frontier......
PROVOCATION NO. 2: The Temple Mount.
Islam has three holy cities: Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem. In Mecca this week, the chiefs of Fateh and Hamas assembled in order to put an end to the mutual killing and set up a unity government. While the attention of the concerned Palestinian public was riveted there, Olmert struck in Jerusalem......
WHAT DO the three have in common? First of all: their unilateral character. Forty years of occupation have created an occupation mentality that destroys all desire and all ability to solve problems by mutual understanding, dialogue and compromise.
Both in foreign and domestic relations, Mafia methods reign: violence, sudden blows, targeted eliminations.
When these methods are applied by a politician haunted by corruption affairs, an uninhibited war-monger who is fighting for survival by all means available - this is indeed a very dangerous situation."