Another Tack: Gilad is not Avigdor

By definition, opinion-molders determine what we focus on. Whatever doesn’t serve their agenda will be defined as nothing we need bother our inferior uninformed minds about. We’re not to dwell on anything untoward in the fortunes of protagonists who’re either favored by advocacy journalists or who aren’t in the way of bias-disseminators. If it doesn’t pay to get on someone’s case, odds are our outrage won’t be drummed up.

That’s why a deadly hush greeted the announcement that the police has at long last concluded its lethargic-cum-reluctant decade-long investigation into alleged bribery charges in the Cyril Kern and Martin Schlaff cases.

Oh hum. Who cares? After all, Gilad Sharon’s name isn’t Avigdor Lieberman.

The constabulary’s bottom line is that prima facie sufficient evidence exists to indict Omri and Gilad Sharon, sons of the comatose former prime minister. That of course doesn’t mean they will be. As the police admits, there has been massive obfuscation, destroyed data is irretrievable, the confederates are abroad and the unadulterated truth can probably never be fully ascertained.

Besides, the Sharon boys boast a formidable record of beating the system. In 2006 Omri did a mere few months on corruption charges, while the whopping Greek island case against Gilad was controversially and unconvincingly dropped like a hot potato in 2003.

The Sharon siblings, like their dad in his day, have discovered there’s safety in teaming up with media headliners. Perhaps that’s why, with much attendant hoopla, Gilad recently registered for Kadima membership. The media love to knock Binyamin Netanyahu and, conversely, to boost his nemesis Tzipi Livni. It’s not difficult to figure which choice is more prudent for sanctuary-seeking hotshots, to say nothing of incorrigibly ambitious yet homeless opportunists.

And so recurrently we hear of new recruits rallying to Tzipi’s flag. Kadima, which thus far was a veritable refugee camp for public figures with embarrassing legal entanglements, now attracts more of the same plus a retinue of proven flunkies like the Second Lebanon War’s most scandalous antihero, then-chief-of-General-Staff Dan Halutz.

One of the IDF’s more disastrous commanders, Halutz reached the military apex by cozying up to the Sharons and promising to collaborate in their disengagement scheme. Tzipi herself was the 2006 war’s notoriously unsuccessful foreign minister. Her lack of experience held her back from embarking on diplomatic dead ends as much as the strategic amateurism of Amir Peretz prevented him from pompously parading as Napoleon reincarnate.

Like Halutz, Tzipi too soared dazzlingly through advantageous attachment to the highfliers’ coattails. An unremarkable backbencher, she conveniently became Ariel Sharon’s earliest pro-disengagement groupie. Her effective speaking style – unfailingly sanctimonious and fortified by yuppie business-like, authoritative sounding cadences – served him well. Concomitantly, the spotlight he offered her catapulted anonymous Tzipi to prominence.

Unsurprisingly, Tzipi and Arik together ditched the vexingly uncooperative Likud for the ostensibly sparkling new Kadima model.

Her principles proved every bit as few, flexible and expendable as her patron’s. She gloried in supposed squeaky cleanliness but uttered not a syllable about Sharon’s corruption, nor that of any of her Kadima fair-weather friends.

IN A reversal of fortunes, the once-influential Gilad now ironically curries Tzipi’s favors, hoping she’d help him like his clan helped her. Yet for a time Gilad appeared on the verge of confessing the error of his ways (even if he didn’t beat his breast in specific contrition).

The first hint of a sobering reconsideration came in a Yediot Aharonot op-ed, entitled “It’s all about hatred,” which Gilad published in March 2008. Its every sentence deserved to be chiseled in stone.

What Gilad wrote should have become no less than the mantra of Israeli diplomacy and PR. That, however, was rendered improbable when his own dad – whose sentiments were once identical to what Gilad belatedly expounded – disdainfully performed an abrupt U-turn for which he never bothered to account.

The senior Sharon’s 2005 disengagement folly not only callously displaced Israeli patriots, not only poisoned the souls of soldiers and policemen, not only presented Jews as portable interlopers, not only emboldened genocidal enemies, not only brought Hamas to power, not only turned Gaza into an armed-to-the-teeth military encampment, not only exposed greater and greater stretches of the hinterland to terrorist rocket barrages, it also distorted the very truth of which Gilad afterward reminded us.

Perhaps the gravest and most abiding sin committed by the father – along with his accomplice sons and self-serving entourage that included Livni – was to lead too many Israelis to lose faith in the justice of our cause and to worship the Golden Calf of “territorial compromise,” as then embodied in Arik’s blandishments, extolling disengagement’s boon-to-come.

Nonetheless, with brazen hindsight wisdom, Gilad mocked the notion that “the moment the conflict between us and the Palestinians is resolved, the reason for the Arab and Muslim world’s hostility toward us will disappear… This conviction is naïve and false – the Palestinian issue is the pretext, the means used to slam Israel. It’s not the problem. The Arab world never reconciled itself to our existence as a Jewish state in the Mideastern space.

“The only Arab maps where Israel appears are military maps. When it comes to the maps used in geography classes in schools, we don’t exist…

If the Palestinian issue troubled Arabs so much, what stopped them from establishing a Palestinian state before 1967 and the Six Day War?…

Terrorism against Jews here started more than 120 years ago, long before the Six Day War and the War of Independence, before we were accused of expulsion or occupation.”

Terrorist atrocities, Gilad deduced, were driven “not by distress but by hate,” by the fact that “radical Islamic fanaticism is unwilling to accept the West, its way of life and culture, and seeks to enforce its dark and zealous beliefs through any means available.”

The Sharon scion advised Americans and Europeans “to realize that pressuring Israel to make concessions wouldn’t bring them the calm they so covet and wouldn’t allow them to go back to a life of hedonistic euphoria. Giving in to terrorism and violence doesn’t appease the aggressor – as was proven by Hitler – but only encourages him… People around the world and around here too should realize that the zealot demon who emerged from the bottle cannot be compromised with. We can only push it back with strength and determination and bury it deep in the sands of the Arabian Peninsula.”

Is this what Gilad (indeed also his father) believed all along? Was the Sharons’ disengagement nothing more than a cynical ploy to extricate themselves from legal travails – by making themselves indispensable enough to the Left to benefit from its sway in the media and the judicial establishment? Or did Gilad experience an epiphany several years back?

Is Gilad flip-flopping again? His above-quoted op-ed hardly meshes with Livni’s indignant hectoring and surely sounds more like Avigdor than Tzipi. Is the erratic Sharon spin about to gyrate ever-expediently again in the worn Kadima custom? Déjà vu?

3 thoughts on “Another Tack: Gilad is not Avigdor

  1. As I watch from the “outside” the events as they unscramble, a government full of corruption, back stabbing, empire building and incompetence, I wonder how you will ever be able to be ready for the coming of the onslaught from the Arab nations who will hit Israel from all directions. The world watches as you go about destroying yourselves from the inside. Jews that hate Israel applying pressure against those that would help Israel maintain its presence in the Arab world, on land it rightfully owns. You have a God-given mandate that you seem to have forgotten, or am I just missing it? Do you really want to see Israel survive? Do you think there are those that would fight for that survival? So why do you go about trying to destroy the Nation of Israel from the inside? I am stumped, puzzled, perplexed by what I see and read!

  2. Dear Sarah,
    Your article is brilliant. I wondered why Sharon,
    a fighter when called on, could have made such a stupid
    mistake as to remove his people from the Gaza. This
    made it easier for the enemy and lost the faith of
    Israelis and Jews all over. Too bad for the Jews and
    the world if the Jews flip flop and soften.

  3. What a cast of characters to have as the ship of state flounders on the rocks.
    Kadima ,fast forward into the rocks while a weak Prime Minister continues to attack Jewish settlers and tear down their homes to please his masters in Washington.
    What will be Israel’s response to Secretary Clinton’s pronouncement that settlements are illegitimate ?
    More weakness ,more begging,more betrayal of the sort the left are experts at ?
    A wise Jewish leader would send a strong message to the world by annexing Jude and Samaria and stop playing nice with those intent on a second holocaust but then that would take a strong and determined people who believe in something more than getting on their knees and begging to Hillary and Barak Hussein.
    I think the way the Jewish people allowed the evil Muslims FREE UNHINDERED REIGN to trample and tear up Jewish history on the Temple Mount says it all.
    Fearful of angering your threatening and intimidating enemies ,you’ve already lost to them.
    They know it and you should too.
    Maybe the weak,fearful and faithless grasshoppers who stand for nothing don’t deserve to live in the land of promise and this is why the enemy is advancing on all fronts while the fools play politics ?

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