Israel: NotWhite Ballots on The Right?
- Interview: Herut MK Michael Kleiner on Sharon Plan
[IMRA New Service]
Aaron Lerner Date: 18 January 2001
IMRA interviewed Herut MK Michael Kleiner, in Hebrew, on 18 January
IMRA: In light of the Sharon Plan revealed today do you want the
People of Israel to vote against Barak or stay home on February 6?
Kleiner: I do not agree with the Sharon Plan and I do not agree with
his line. I think that the slogan "Sharon will bring peace" is
foolish, damaging and an ineffective slogan.
But first of all one should avoid evil. And this means that first of
all the government must be brought down because it made concessions
that endanger the State.
After the elections Sharon will be prime minister and I think that
Arafat will not accept this plan. He cannot agree to this plan.
Arafat won't even agree to getting 95 percent.
In any case, if this plan is implemented there will be concessions we
cannot live with and we will not support the government.
But I still think that the situation will be better if Sharon is
prime minister than if Barak is.
IMRA: Some people are now saying "I will not put a ballot into a
ballot box for someone who proposes a plan that conflicts with the
'whole land of Israel' concept and entertains the establishment of a
That from a moral standpoint they simply cannot bring themselves to
vote for such a person.
Kleiner: I understand the sentiment but we are now in a very
sensitive moment. We are talking about the very existence of the
state. And as someone who did not hesitate to topple Binyamin
Netanyahu after the Wye Agreement I say that right now we much topple
Every leader who essentially put a knife to the throat of the Land of
Israel should first of all be toppled.
After all, when we toppled Netanyahu we knew that Barak was not
exactly a "whole Land of Israel" adherent.
But the moment that he made concessions that he should not have made
at Wye we moved to topple him. So certainly the same applies to
Barak - who has made considerably more serious concessions.
But you do not topple a prime minister with a blank ballot.
You topple him by voting for his opponent.
I didn't need the revelations today to know that his opponent is far
from ideal. Wye was enough.
One has to hope that the Sharon Government will be established and in
my estimation it will quickly find itself reliant on the support of
the "Land of Israel" camp. And I hope that Sharon, as prime minister,
will learn the lesson of Netanyahu and won't put the knife to the
throat of the nation.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director
IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-5480092
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