Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hopes for the Middle East ?

A few days ago I was very pessimistic about the future of the Middle East due to the negotiations to form a new government in Israel: once again the small Jewish orthodox parties could negatively influence the new government due to their demands against Palestinians.

What a relief to hear that Tzipi Livni did not accept such blackmails and that Israel is moving towards new elections. For a change these parties were told "no way will you get it".

What is scary is that the old Netanyahu is a possible winner of the elections. He already declared his readiness to accept the demands of such parties. He did enough damage in the past, once again? He is like Berlusconi: seven lives at least.

However the courage and honesty of Ms. Livni who may lose the opportunity to be a Prime Minister for a matter of principles and to maintain her political direction is encouraging and hopefully will pay back. Religion and politics and power have done enough damages in history, from the Inquisition to the Muslim radicals to the Right Christian coalition in the USA to the orthodox Jews in Israel: will the Israelis wake up? Not sure but for a change we seem to have a real leader in Israel.

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