Filed under: opinion, politics | Tags: barak, bibi, economics, Elections, Israel, Kadima, labor, likud, Livni, negotions, Olmert, palestinians, peace, posted by Joshman 91, war
Throughout this dreadful Olmert Administration, our ears have been tortured with the same, old rhetoric. This whole notion that we can simply trade “land for peace” has proven to be unproductive. The fundamental concept that politicians from all sides have ignored is economics. If a country goes to war, there is usually an economic justification. Hence, if we want the Palestinians to choose peace over terror, then there must be an economic incentive for them to do so.
While he may not be perfect, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has made it abundantly clear that he understands this principle. This was evident in a Jerusalem Post article the other week that stated “Bibi pledged to help the Palestinians ‘rapidly develop their economy’ if he wins the February elections.” Although Bibi’s policies regarding negotiations are much more hawkish and hardline than those of Livni or Barak, he has vowed to continue the peace process, and, in relation to this issue, he has stated that “economic development is not a substitute for political negotiations.”
When Bibi says that he will boost the Palestinian economy, can we trust him? Yes, the record speaks for itself. As Finance Minister, he enacted many free-market reforms which revived the Israeli economy. If he can do the same thing to the Palestinian economy, there would be no need for endless negotiations. Trends in history have shown that “men are usually more tolerant when their belly’s are full.”
The Israeli media, as well as the world media (which is anti-zionist to begin with), likes to paint Bibi out to be some sort of wacky, right-wing nut job that will only throw more gas on the fire. All I can say is that Israel has become weaker under the Olmert Administration. We can’t trust Livni. The Kadima Party is not a “centrist” party as it proclaims to be. It is an “unprincipled” party. I won’t even mention Barak. Considering the fact that national security is once again a major issue for the Israeli’s, he has not even the slightest chance. Also, the fact that he, like Livni, was part of the disastrous Olmert Administration, only makes him more incompetent in the eyes of the Israeli people. Like America, Israel needs “real change.” Bibi is the only one that is offering that at the moment.
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