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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Sick Insinuation

A pretty shocking insinuation by Labor Party's campaign manager Motti Morel in an interview this week:
Morel told Israel Radio on Thursday that the renewal of the targeted assassinations policy was intended to cause an escalation of the security situation on the eve of the elections, an escalation which would serve Sharon.
Morel said that Sharon was trying to divert public discourse from the social to the security arena, and intimated that Sharon has the power to influence the number of terror attacks which take place. According to Morel, several months ago, when targeted assassinations were not employed "there were no Qassams and no terror attacks."
So basically, Morel is accusing Sharon of instigating terror attacks against Israelis for political gains. That's a pretty sick allegation, and I think someone in a position such as Morel's had better be damn sure of the facts before making an allegation that basically accuses the Israeli Prime Minister of promoting the murder of his own citizens. I imagine, however, that there are no facts to back up Morel's little rant.

Quite correctly, the Sharon camp lashed out at Morel after his comments were made public, and called on Peretz to take a stance:
Officials from Sharon's party Kadima said that Peretz must renounce Morel's statements and fire him, otherwise he would be seen as supporting Morel's view.

A spokesman for Sharon's Kadima party defined Morel's words as "inciteful" and said in a statement that "Amir Peretz has lost his balance this morning. We demand to know whether he is behind these inciteful statements expressed by his campaign manager."In response,

Peretz said that Morel was expressing his own views when he made the statements. "Security is a consensual issue, and I will not let it be involved in political disputes. The election campaign will be run on social issues and on the need to provide social security to the weaker sectors and the middle class," Peretz said.
I just don't think it's enough for Peretz to say that Morel is "expressing his own views". If those are Morel's views, then he should be thrown out. Immediately.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sick. We saw this kind of rhetoric from Morel during Bibi's campaign. He played the terrorism card then too.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OM: Dollars to donuts that Morel gets a promotion.

Israeli politics are mean and dirty.

In terms of actual facts and policy; nothing surprises me anymore.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

Wow they will stop at nothing to hurt one another and the enire populace with it.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sounds like he took a page from the left's playbook here. Sad.

Great piece, OM - you're on a roll lately.

10:59 AM  
Blogger YMedad said...

True, but what if I said that Sharon's current policies are already allowing terrorist attacks to take place and are endangering people? This morning Moshav Shova was hit, this afternoon, Ashkelon. Last week, a Kassam was fired at Afula.

It is not surely his intention to bring about harm to Jews and others, and that, as you correctly pointed out, was the visciousness of Morel's charge. But shouldn't we give a second thought to supporting Sharons who has already displayed poor judgement?

5:25 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

And Bibi, has he shown good judgement? I remember being in Israel when his government fell - due to total incompetence and personal corruption. I'm no fan of Sharon's, but Bibi is much worse also because of his political inflexibility - he just can't see that the world can change in front of him. Also, he has done his best to shred what was left of the social safety net in Israel, throwing hundreds of thousands of people into abject poverty.

But, then, I'm not an Israeli, so this is just my opinion.... I can't vote.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Zeh Sefer Toldot Adam said...

It's not so unreasonable, I think. He may even have a point. Remember when Sharon decided to go for a walk on Har HaBayit? I'm pretty sure that was an obvious attempt to stir up trouble so he could wrest power from the hands of the Labor Party. And it worked, right?

It's exactly the same strategy that the Palestinian terror groups use - provoke an Israeli response so that you can go running to your population and claim to be justified in fighting the evil enemy.

I agree it is pretty sick, but that's politics.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morel is an accomplished campaign manager who stops at nothing to ensure that his client succeeds.

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