Monday, February 03, 2003
Yossi Sarid, resigning as leader of Meretz, says: My mistake was not speaking strongly enough against Arafat. Ya think?
Seriously, though, I think this is both a revealing comment and to his credit. To his credit because Sarid, a very left-wing fellow, remains and has always been a patriot and a Zionist. He can bear no love towards the murderer in Ramallah, and his only motivation is the good of Israel and of the Jewish people. This is what divides the Zionist Left from the haters of Israel.
But it is revealing, and not in a positive way, that Sarid says he would pull his punches with regard to Arafat because of his feelings about Sharon. If he thought it unwise diplomatically to speak ill of Arafat, that would be one thing. But to let his political antipathy get in the way of serving his country . . . well, that's the Left all over these days, isn't it?
I'm glad he said it, though.