Friday, March 31, 2006
It's time to come out from behind Ariel Sharon
If you were an alien from Mars and came down to watch the lead up to the election you would be convinced that a very healthy Ariel Sharon was running in the elections. Every Kadima advert showed more Sharon than anyone else, Olmert the man who is running the country was an afterthought.
What does this tell us about the state of our new leadership that they had no confidence in presenting themselves, so they presented their party as being run by a man in a coma.
What is more scary is that Kadima officials have been constantly stating their own policy as that of Sharon's. Time and time again we have been told that this or that one was told by Sharon before his coma that he would have done this or that. The latest is Otniel Schneller, who told the Jerusalem Post that just before Sharon had his stroke he gave the OK for Schneller's withdrawal map.
Schneller, a religious settler from Ma'aleh Michmash turned centrist politician, said he was commissioned by Sharon to create a plan for Israel's future borders following the Gaza withdrawal last summer.
The two men meet in Jerusalem for more than an hour late on the afternoon of January 4, said Schneller. "I showed him my plan. He said, 'It is very interesting. I would like to go with this principle and to work on this plan. Otni, I would like to meet you next week,'" Schneller recalled the PM saying.
"We finished our meeting at 4:30 p.m.," he said. The massive stroke Sharon suffered later that day cut short any future discussions about the map.
This is all very curious as, Ariel Sharon said he would not embark on any unilateral withdrawals. I think it is about time our new leaders from Kadima had the strength of character to say goodbye to Ariel Sharon as a specter above their heads. They should have the strength of their convictions and claim policies for themselves. Kadima have been voted to lead the country, albeit on the back of a leader no longer leading, so it is time for them to come out of the shadows and lead.