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posted 09 December 2005 05:07 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Provided this agenda shift really takes place, of course. One cannot overestimate the government's power to set the agenda, and Sharon has a vested interest in focusing on Israel's "security problems." The army and the entire military system and industries are on his side. The tension buildup regarding Iran's nuclear project – a daily obsession for the past two weeks – is clearly such a spin. Tension at the Lebanese border is always ready for escalation – claims about Hezbollah's (!) "political needs" are always at hand. But the best way to induce Palestinian retaliation is the policy of extra-judicial killing. The time gap between an Israeli assassination and the Palestinian reaction easily enables the propaganda system to make Israelis forget the former when the latter occurs – an ideal agenda-shifter.

Therefore an escalation is to be expected – so much so that in a typical post-critical casuistry, Aluf Ben of Ha'aretz now admits that "election time in Israel is traditionally a time for military escalation," that "the candidates tend to exhibit militaristic positions considered a recipe for success at the polls," that "such signs have appeared already in this campaign, with the public threats about Iran" – but is spite of all that concludes that "the decisions with regard to Israel's response to yesterday's terrorist attack in Netanya do not appear to be tainted with a need to create escalation" (Dec. 6, 2005). Oh no, of course not.

Following these government decisions, Peretz immediately fell into the trap and was quoted saying his Labor cabinet would take even harsher measures against the Palestinians. That's the classic left-wing false consciousness: the voters allegedly love hardliners, so we leftists should be even more catholic than the Pope, and then weep behind closed doors why no left-wing alternative is heard, and why the voters move even further to the right.

Lesson for the NDP?

Ran Hacohen

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