SHULAMIT ALONI INTERVIEW: "ISRAELI TERROR IS WORSE"
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�Israeli terror is worse�
19:04 , 07.29.05
Former Education Minister Shulamit Aloni blasts �megalomaniac� Prime
Minister Sharon in interview with Arab-Israeli newspaper, says he should
face justice. Aloni also charges Israel a racist state that commits war
By Roee Nahmias
TEL AVIV � Israel is a racist state that commits war crimes and resorts to
terrorism worse than that employed by the Palestinians, former Education
Minister Shulamit Aloni charged in an unusually scathing interview with
Nazareth-based Arab-Israeli newspaper Kul al-Arab.
Other highlights from the interview include �(Prime Minister) Sharon should
face justice,� �Israel is following Mussolini�s way,� and �some soldiers
behave like animals.�
When asked how she characterizes the prime minister, Aloni responded:
�Sharon is a big, arrogant nationalist. He suffers from megalomania and
doesn�t mind sacrificing the lives of others, as happened in the invasion of
�Sharon and the Israeli leadership always try to make Israelis believe the
lie that the Palestinians want to throw us to the sea,� the former minister
charged. �In fact, we are the ones who commit war crimes against humanity,
and I hope Sharon will face justice.�
�Government, settlers coordinate anti-pullout campaign�
Turning her attention to the disengagement plan, Aloni leveled more charges,
saying she fears the evacuation from Gaza will turn Palestinian life in the
West Bank �into hell.�
�I want to note that National Union Knesset Member Benny Elon recently said
that settlers intend to embitter the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank,
until they emigrate from here,� she said. �I see testament to that in the
existence of an IDF unit comprising radical religious soldiers, who are no
different than animals in their daily behavior.�
Aloni also expressed her surprise that Israelis continue to play the �role
of victims� and the American President accepts that image while declaring
that �Israel has the right to defend itself, while ignoring the fact we have
one of the most powerful armies in the Middle East.�
The former minister also resorted to apparent conspiracy theories, claiming
the government and settlers were �secretly coordinating� anti-pullout
resistance in order to create a �national shock� and convince the world of
the difficulties inherent in withdrawing from the West Bank.
�Israel no different than South Africa�
Turning her attention to the Palestinians, Aloni said had she been a
Palestinian she would have called for the cessation of suicide bombings and
the adoption of the non-violent approach of Mahatma Ghandi.
�It�s true that the terror utilized by Israel in the territories is worse
than Palestinian terrorism, but the Hamas movement gives the occupation the
opportunity and means to deepen,� she said.
When asked about how she views Israel�s future, Aloni responded: �I can show
you Mussolini�s books about fascism . If you read them you�ll reach the
unequivocal conclusion that ministers in the current Israeli government are
walking on the same path.�
�Only in a country like this can a murderer�reach the post of Defense
Minister,� she charged. �Israel, in fact, is no different than racist South
Africa as long as it presents itself as Jewish state instead of a state of
all its citizens.�
However, when asked about the chances of a leftist revival in Israel, Aloni
was pessimistic, and chose to level some more charges.
�If you look for the Left, you won�t find it,� she said. �Former Prime
Minister Ehud Barak killed it. The Left�s collapse resulted from several
reasons, including the Labor party�s participation in Sharon�s former
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