Richard Baehr initially supported Ariel Sharon’s decision to withdraw Israel from the Gaza Strip. He now believes that the withdrawal was a terrible mistake, and carefully explains why. As for me, I don’t think it was a mistake then. I think it collapsed for a reason that could not be foreseen. Let me explain.
What I said at the time was that, as long as the territories were under Israel’s aegis, Israel could not wage war against them. If they were a separate hostile nation, however, she could treat them as one would any other hostile nation on one’s own border — with full-scale warfare. I believe that Ariel Sharon would have done that. However, Ariel Sharon was struck down, and in his place is Olmert, whose only significant skill seems to be to retain office with a zero approval rating. Sharon would not have allowed 3,000 rockets to rain down on Israel from an enemy nation. Olmert has.
Olmert is terrified of looking bad in the eyes of the world. Mr. Olmert, a hint: The world already hates Israel. Short of voluntarily turning the country over to the Arabs and then having all Jewish residents take a farewell march into the Meditteranean, the world will always hate you. You are the unpopular kid in school, and nothing will change that. Stop trying to get in with the in-crowd and take care of yourself.
UPDATE: Here’s a bit more about the truly horrible Olmert.