A Nation Waits

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

Political expert, Fred Lokken says Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's change in health only adds to the political turmoil in Israel.
"Sharon was steering a course that was more moderate and the US has preferred that course. So, I think as a government we are very concerned today about what the future security situation will be."

Sharon reversed his support to keep Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza about two years ago and the pullout was completed in September.
About three weeks ago, Sharon called for an election in Israel scheduled for March 28th at the same time that he defected from his political party to create a brand new one.

"Arbitrarily hanging onto land and dealing with all of the security issues and drain and drag on the economy and governme[TAKE SOT]nt don't serve a practical purpose either. I think Sharon was saying there are times we have to make the hard decision: purpose of security and peace on that point."

Rabbi Menashe Bovit says these are the same reasons many are also upset with Sharon.
"So, he was elected on a strong platforRabbi m of no concessions and then he did 180-degree turn and endorsed the idea of a Palestinian state and he made a unilateral withdraw from Gaza which is what the labor party, which he defeated, said he was going to do."

Despite divide, experts say this illness comes at the height of his popularity... and he was expected to easily win a re-election in March.

"We felt betrayed by Ariel Sharon asking, not asking, but demanding the forced evacuation of Jews from beautiful community they had built in Gaza. But, we're still praying for his health and for his soul."


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