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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Israel at a Crossroads

By David Aikman

Ever since Israel embarked on a costly war in Lebanon last summer after its soldiers were kidnapped by Hezbollah fighters, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been under fire. He lacked the military prowess and expertise of his predecessor as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Now a government commission has officially accused him of widespread incompetence in conducting the war. Even his own foreign minister, Tsipi Livni, has called on him to resign.

Israel's politics have always been volatile, with governing coalitions often cobbled together from political parties. But the issue of who leads the country is not just academic; any major political error by a governing prime minister could imperil Israel's very existence.

Israel must cope with continuing terrorist threats and questions of how to relate to the Palestinian authority and the United States. Its choice of a leader is crucial to world peace. We must pray for the Israelis to choose wisely.


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