Egged bus strike for Monday cancelled
Scheduling, not Netanyahu, prohibits Obama-Rivlin meeting
Largest Israeli religious youth movement invites members to build illegal settlement
Netanyahu expresses sympathies to Japan after apparent ISIS hostage killing
More chickens with bird flu culled at north-central kibbutz
Hebrew U. scientists map brains of the blind
‘Policing children’s Web surfing may backfire’
*Why some parents suddenly refuse to vaccinate their children*
Israel seeks solutions for 20 million tons of salt set to pile up annually
Israeli innovators receive grants to aid developing world
Tel Aviv-bound United Airlines passengers demand NIS 1.2m. for consecutive canceled flights
Genetic markers in olive breeding to bring cheaper, higher quality oil to consumers
ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Jerusalem ICC, January 22
Undercover cop reveals huge cocaine ring in south Tel Aviv
Nir Bergman’s journey to bring ‘Yona’ to the screen
Emma Watson launches second phase of famous gender equality campaign in Davos
Sela remains upbeat despite being overpowered by Nadal
Yellow-and-blue machine continues to roll on
Mac TA moves top; Beersheba falls in Haifa
Eilat gearing up for Israman competition
IAF upgrading old Hercules planes to bring them up to date
Analysis: Arab party unity deal – will it last?
Herzog may accept invite to Washington
Netanyahu urges Likud MKs to attack the press
MK Tibi suspects polls underestimate Arab united list strength
Environmentalist Yael Cohen Paran chosen for 24th spot on Labor-Hatnua list
Hezbollah in first response since Syria strike: Zionists will fail in attempts to set new rules
Rivlin blasts attack against Druse guard who served in President’s Residence
'Hezbollah promised not to avenge Israeli attack from Lebanese soil'
Report: Iranian general was killed in Israeli strike because he didn't turn off his phone
What was behind Israel’s strike in Syria that killed an Iranian general?
Netanyahu presented with emergency plan to absorb 120,000 French Jews
Ukrainian Jews look to evacuate city as Jewish woman reportedly killed by shelling
New report on anti-Semitism finds France is most dangerous country for Jews
Kiev to appoint special envoy to combat anti-Semitism
Kippah-wearing Swedish reporter assaulted in Malmo
Israeli ambassador to US calls Netanyahu address a 'sacred duty'
Assad: Israeli strikes in Syria benefit al-Qaida
15 protesters killed on anniversary of Egyptian uprising against Mubarak
Zarif and Kerry get a little too friendly for Iranian regime
Rivlin praises Abdullah for bringing stability to region
How did Saudi King Abdullah become a world hero?
Iran and the state of Obama-land
Letters to the editor: Jan. 25
Inappropriate elections tactics
If Palestine joins the ICC, then what?
When will we hear of Jacob’s daughters?
Two revolutions, two outcomes
Oil spill fallout
Arrivals: Securing his own freedom in Israel
Book Review: The lady doth protest too much
Book Review: Translating Patrick Modiano
Hot off the Arab press
Grapevine: A man of many talents
A not so tight budget
This Week in Jerusalem
Mud-slinging and more
Happily Eva After: Ushering in 2015 the Eva way
Giving Beit Shemesh children a helping hand
Red in the South
Anti-Semitism and the battle against Jihad
US, Britain and France will be next if ICC indicts Israel
Combating terror: The tough battle ahead
Lebanon reaches the limit
A song for Shvat: 'Song of the grasses'
אַתְ לְבַדֵך תָבִינִי
18 recommendations that could determine Israel’s fate before the ICC
La liste de Herzog
Le parti national religieux a un nouveau nom
Promesses et programmes de campagne
Les mots valent mieux que la violence
Coexistence festive à Haïfa
Festival du film juif de Jérusalem, que la lumière soit !
Un autre regard sur l’Ethiopie
Une démocratie tronquée
Hautement qualifiés, fortement motivés
2014, un excellent cru pour l'aliya
Loin de la campagne
Unis contre la terreur islamique
Le califat : rêve ou cauchemar pour l’islam ?
Comment Abbas tire avantage de la mort d’Abou Ein
Frappes en Syrie, Damas accuse Tsahal
Al-Sissi n’est pas Moubarak
Le 11 septembre français ?
Une semaine de deuil
Un éléphant dans un magasin de porcelaine
L'aveuglement de l'Occident
Birth control ban doesn't mean breed 'like rabbits,' Pope says
Pakistani Christians protest Charles Hebdo
WATCH: Orthodox Christians take the plunge to commemorate Jesus's baptism
Pope says Mass for crowd of over 6 million in Manila, appeals for suffering children
Anti-Christian prejudice: The last acceptable form of bigotry
Friends of JNF Australia Visit Negev Communities
International Dental Convention Participants Tour the Negev with KKL-JNF
Holiday Cheer as KKL-JNF Distributes Christmas Trees
The Moshav Movement Honors KKL-JNF
Serbian PM Plants a Tree in the Grove of Nations
Sharing and Learning - German Forestry Students Intern with KKL-JNF
Israel and Finland Connect through the Environment
KKL-JNF Experts Visit China for Future Environmental Collaborations
The Shamir Drilling Project
Graduation Ceremony for Rosh HaAyin’s Volunteer Firefighters
Nigerian Forestry Delegation Sees KKL-JNF Desert Afforestation First-hand
In his Footsteps: Heritage Excursions in Memory of Yitzhak Rabin
WMC 2015 Closing Evening Reception
Living on the Edge in the Gaza Periphery
Former UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman at WMC 2015
WMC 2015 Opening Reception at Beit Hatfutsot
Living Green in Israel: the Contest and the Winners
Addressing Climate Change Conference
Nurturing the Foresters of the Future
Saving the Sabras
01.26.2015 | 6 Shevat, 5775
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election
Not all bleak for Netanyahu
China’s moves: US decline, or balance in Asia?
Hanegbi heads to Myanmar for highest-level visit in 35 years
Former ambassador to the US Oren may enter politics on list Kahlon is drafting
MK calls on PM to destroy homes of Jews who murdered Arab teen
Netanyahu: Hamas leaders are legitimate targets, no one is invincible
Kahlon indicates comeback with new ‘framework’
'Israel no better than Chelm for providing electricity to Palestinian companies that boycott it'
Manhattan borough president shows solidarity with Israel visit
Ministers and MKs urge Netanyahu to pound Hamas
Right-wing MKs call to investigate Balad party, ban it from Knesset after Qatar trip
Diplomacy & Politics
GIL HOFMAN \
Ariel Sharon alone at the Knesset [file]..
(photo credit:REUTERS/Natalie Behring)
Shas’s faction room in the Knesset has a large portrait of the party’s late mentor, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
Labor’s room has a massive painting of slain prime minister Yitzhak
Rabin. When Kadima’s faction was larger, it had a picture of party
founder Ariel Sharon.But now Kadima has only two seats. Current leader
Shaul Mofaz and MK Yisrael Hasson were never particularly close to Sharon, and
neither see him as an ideological mentor.Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni has
exaggerated her closeness to Sharon for political gain, but there is no picture
of him in her faction room, and he wouldn’t recognize half of her MKs. He
especially would not like to see there MK Amram Mitzna, who ran against him and
accused him of corruption.So where in the Knesset can the legacy of
Sharon be found? It is hard to say. There are MKs in Bayit Yehudi and the
Likud’s right flank who sound like Sharon did in the 1980s – hawkish politicians
who would grab a microphone at a party forum, as he did, and shout, “Who is in
favor of annihilating terror?” There are also MKs in Labor and Meretz who still
speak of the virtues of Sharon’s Gaza Strip withdrawal, even though it did not
turn out the way he envisioned. Due to the dramatic shift in Sharon’s politics
near the end of his career, most MKs agreed with him at one point or
another.Therefore, assigning one room in the Knesset to Sharon’s picture
cannot really be done. But Sharon’s legacy is still there.His legacy is
there every time a politician takes a key step, knowing full well there will be
consequences. He is there every time a leader makes a decision, aware that many
people will like it and many people will be devastated by it.Sharon was
known as a bulldozer.At one point he bulldozed Palestinian terrorists
and other enemies of Israel.Later on, the Jewish communities in Samaria
and the Gaza Strip, some of whom he had helped build decades earlier.If
MKs did not like decisions he made, he bulldozed them as well. When the Likud
tried to prevent him from withdrawing from Gaza, he bulldozed the party,
ignoring the results of an internal party referendum that he himself
initiated.Has that legacy impacted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu?
No, or at least not yet.Netanyahu still has a reputation as a political
zigzagger who changes his mind back and forth and easily succumbs to pressure.
He is not seen as having the courage to split the Likud the way Sharon
did.But maybe it is too soon to say. Politicians have been known to gain
confidence as time goes on.And maybe all the talk about Sharon over the
past two weeks has gotten to Netanyahu.Perhaps it will make him feel he
has something to prove.“Leaders are judged by their ability to make
decisions, even if they are tough,” Netanyahu told the Likud faction last
week.Hearing that would have made Sharon proud.
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