May 01, 2006

Too Late for the Hero

Israel’s complacency on defense reached a new low today with the appointment of former defence minister and decorated IDF general Shaul Mofaz to minister of transport in Kadima’s coalition government.

That Mofaz is prepared to accept such an insult from Olmert is indicative of the depths to which ministers will stoop to preserve their perks of office. Then again, perhaps the tranport portfolio is linked with further work on the discredited Road Map.

It needn’t have been this way. A year ago, when he was being tipped as a future candidate for Prime Minister, I wrote a letter to Mofaz inviting him to set an example and walk out on Sharon’s disengagement cabinet.

Sadly he clung to his office and has now plummeted to the feeble figure of a man who will accept even the lowly ministry of transport. It is indeed very very sad, for this is a man of enormous talent, a soldier and hero of Israel.

Back to my point about complacency. That General Mofaz is now put in charge of transport whilst trades union convenor Peretz is trusted with the defense of the State against 300 million Arabs in 22 countries is at least consistent with the developing security plan instituted by Barak, Sharon and now Olmert.

So far this 'strategy' has handed over South Lebanon to Hizbullah, handed over Gaza to Hamas and opened Sinai to the Egyptian army. Phase 4 is to open a Gaza port for the next flotilla of Karine-A’s and to hand over Ben Gurion’s air traffic control to Hamas, behind a new border that is within Stinger range of its main runway.

How sad that such an insult to our military is handed out on the eve of Yom Hazikaron. A day when we weep for those who fell in battle in the defense of the State of Israel.

We should all be reciting tehillim (psalms) to beg for the divine help necessary to ensure our survival despite the best efforts of this Government of Chelm.

Perhaps even Mr Olmert has finally found G-d?
With his top generals on traffic duty, he's going to need all the divine help he can get.

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