Politicians adjust message after attack

December 5, 2005 23:50
3 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Politicians from across the political spectrum used Monday's terrorist attack as an opportunity to promote their campaigns. One of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's associates said the attack would help Sharon politically because "it would remind voters that he is the only candidate for prime minister who could be trusted to handle the Palestinians with the proper judgment." Others said it would also refocus the campaign away from socio-economic issues and back to security and the question of where the border will be, which helps Sharon and hurts Peretz. To prove that the Labor Party has a wide array of military experts in spite of its left-wing policies, party head Amir Peretz hastily convened a meeting of his newly created security team made up of former generals, admirals and police commanders. But a Sharon associates said the meeting proved that when it comes to security issues, "Peretz needs someone to hold his hand." Labor stands strongly for peace and for the need to fight terror, Peretz said. "We see terror as our worst enemy." As he spoke, MK Ephraim Sneh, a former general, sat at his left and Ami Ayalon, a former OC Navy and Shin Bet head, on his right. "We would do everything necessary to anyone who uses terror to threaten Israelis. As peace people, we would have even more of a right to fight back against terror. No one can prevent us from using any means necessary against terror," Peretz said. Among those present was former defense minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer; MK Matan Vilna'i, a former OC Southern Command; MK Danny Yatom, an ex-major-general and the former head of the Mossad; and Arye Amit, a former Jerusalem police chief. Peretz also invited former prime minister and chief of General Staff Ehud Barak to join the security team, but was told by his office that he was out of the country. But Barak said he had heard of the invitation through the media. Earlier in the day, Peretz urged the government to take next month's Palestinian Legislative Council elections into account in determining its response to the attack. "We have to be careful before assigning blame, check the impact of the elections," he said. "The PA has an interest in making sure terror doesn't come from it. The people who want to rule have to prove that they can rule without allowing terrorist attacks to happen." "This is not a time for politics. It's a time to be there for the families and the soldiers," Peretz added. Politicians from other parties also responded to the attack. MK Ran Cohen (Meretz) stated that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas must "firmly and unequivocally fight terror." MK Chemi Doron (Shinui) criticized Sharon for being preoccupied with building his election "dream team" and neglecting national security.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town