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Israel must topple Netanyahu before it's too late
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* Published 03:09 15.11.11


Israel must topple Netanyahu before it's too late

If Israel wants to continue existing, PM Netanyahu must suffer a similar fate to that suffered by Neville Chamberlain before the clouds clear.

By Sefi Rachlevsky


A democratic state prepares for an existential battle by involving all its citizens and forging international alliances; a fascist state prepares by suppressing its opponents at home, while also attempting to forge alliances overseas; a messianic fascist state both suppresses opponents at home and makes itself a pariah abroad.

Anyone who is frightened by the picture of an Israeli leader who is viewed overseas as a "liar" and an extremist, even as he takes demonstrable delight in suppressing democracy at home, must understand the context. Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu, which is now preparing for an existential war, has made a choice. Even for the Likud, this is a revolution.

Would the destruction of the Iraqi reactor in 1981 have taken place without the Israeli-Egyptian peace process of 1977-79? It's doubtful. Prime Minister Menachem Begin began dealing with the Iraqi reactor in June 1977. There's no certainty that he opted for peace with Egypt and a promise to evacuate the entire Sinai - a promise that preceded Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's visit - solely to create the diplomatic cover that would enable him to bomb Iraq. But it is clear that Begin understood that he had a strategic obligation to forge a path toward peace and thus calm the West's fear of his extremism.



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