Monday, May 12, 2008

Another Shas Tantrum Leading Nowhere


I once knew a smartest man I have ever met, and also the wisest. (At 23, he got his Ph.D., he took the LSAT, and got a PERFECT score. Now he works as a big-shot corporate lawyer in San Francisco.) Anyway, back when I knew him in grad school he told me something I will never forget. He said, in his South Chicago accent:

“If you are going to do something you don’t have to say it. People only say they are going to do something when they aren’t.”

Shas is an example of this axiom. They tell us they will leave the government every five minutes. Please, spare us the talk. If you are going to do something—don’t say it. Just do it.

We are tired of the posturing, Shas. If you REALLY want to leave, LEAVE.


May 12, 2008 11:13 | Updated May 12, 2008 17:23
Shas: We'll leave gov't if deal is made

Shas Party Chairman Eli Yishai warned Monday morning that his party would leave the government if an agreement is reached with the Palestinians. Days before US President Bush's visit to Israel, Yishai said that "Shas will not be a part of the government that reduces the territory of the state of the Jewish people and fills it with refugees."
[Shas chairman Eli Yishai. ]

Shas chairman Eli Yishai.
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Yishai repeated a statement made by Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, saying that "The only way to make the Palestinian leadership relevant is through economic development."

He further stated, "along with the risks of making concessions on Jerusalem, the opening of floodgates on the refugees and a withdrawal to the '67 lines will also constitute a horrible incentive that will promote heaps of security dangers in the centers of [our] cities."

A week ago Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Abbas met in Jerusalem for talks.

Sources involved in the details of the negotiations said that meaningful progress had been achieved on the issue of the eventual borders of a Palestinian state and also on future Israeli security arrangements.

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