Monday, October 18, 2004
PM Sharon to Meet With Yesha Leaders.
For the first time in well over a year, and certainly since Prime Minister Sharon announced his disengagement plan over ten months ago, he will meet with Yesha leaders today. Sharon invited them to his office for an afternoon meeting, and in attendance will be Pinchas Wallerstein, Bentzy Lieberman, Ze'ev Hever, Yehoshua Mor-Yosef, Avner Shimoni, Sha'ul Goldstein and others.The meeting is a joke. The Jew-hating left-wing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (yimach shmo, may his name and memory be obliterated) has said he will ethnically cleanse Jews and make all of Gaza Judenrein no matter what the people think.
The meeting will be a tense one, as can be expected when one side feels that the other, a former ally and friend, has betrayed it. Sharon was among the foremost government officials behind the massive Jewish build-up of Yesha over the years, and was on close personal terms with many of the Yesha leaders. His visitors will play him a recording of a ten-year-old speech in which the blaring voice of Sharon exhorted a large crowd of anti-Oslo demonstrators, "I want to ask all of you not to show weakness! They are conducting polls now, and they're asking whether you would be willing to evacuate your home in exchange for high compensation and another apartment somewhere else. If they ask you that, tell them, we're planning to buy another apartment [in Yesha]! Send them home!"
Eran Sternberg, spokesman for the Gaza Coast Regional Council, said today that even if the results of the referendum support the disengagement, "I certainly will not pack up my books and furniture and go quietly. I didn't see the left-wing stop its activities on behalf of their Geneva initiative and the like after the previous elections, despite the victory by the right-wing. Democracy doesn't mean that a minority can't continue to wage a legitimate struggle for what it believes."