Monitor: Middle East comment on the swearing-in of Ehud Barak as Israel's Prime Minister
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Wednesday 07 July 1999
Jerusalem Post, Israel
ARAFAT IS awaiting the "new saviour", Barak, who some gullible Arab leaders believe will send the "larks of peace" hovering over the Middle East. But Barak is not going to act in accordance with Arafat's wishes. Certainly, he will not accept Arafat's "conception" of the peace process. Indeed, Barak has made it amply clear that his approach to "peace" with the Palestinians doesn't differ substantially from that of Netanyahu. The Palestinians must raise their voices against this sell-out. They must start to take action to depose this leadership of Arafat using electoral means. Arafat's "presidential term", after all, has already expired, and it is time the Palestinians elect a new leadership.
ADVICE TO new ministers: Your commitment to Israel's fate must always take precedence over your loyalty to Barak. Be not afraid, my servant Jacob! If you have the feeling that something foul is afoot, leak that information to the Fourth Estate, the media, which is the last bastion in the Israeli democratic system of checks and balances. Because, even if you act as submissively as Bibi's ministers did you will still be unable to shirk your responsibility. Beware of turning yourselves into mere lackeys. (Yoel Marcus)
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