Si vis pacem, para bellum (If you want peace, prepare for war) -- Flavius Vegetius Renatus (ca 390 AD) in Epitoma rei Militaris
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Tomorrow Israel heads to the polls in what I consider to be the most dangerous, consequential moment in modern Israel's history. It is beyond me how the Israeli voter can be apathetic. Maybe they are just war weary to the bone. Too bad - snap out of it. Here's how I see it.
Photos: New York Sun
PERETZ: Let's dismiss Peretz out of hand. He is a union boss, nothing more. The last thing Israel needs now is a socialist leftard.
OLMERT: I think Olmert is a weak sister. Yes he will defend Israel but he lacks vision and great leadership qualities. His family's far left activities ought to raise a red flag.
His son Shaul, who lives in New York reportedly signed a petition belonging to the pacifist organization Yesh Gvul, and his other son, Ariel, who lives in Paris and did not serve in the IDF.
Likud officials have also openly attacked Olmert's wife Aliza for her left-leaning views and his daughter Dana, who is active in the Machsom Watch organization that monitors soldiers' treatment of Palestinians at IDF checkpoints in the West Bank.
"Olmert's sons and one of his daughters refused to serve in the IDF, and his sons live overseas and do not see their future in Israel," the ad said. "If Olmert's children who live abroad knew of his withdrawal plan, they would not return to Israel at all." More here.
Kadima without Sharon.....? I don't think so. And Olmert's No. 2, Shimon Peres? Need I say more?
NETANYAHU: Netanyahu is my pick. You need someone hard - made of steel for what's coming and Likud has Natan Sharansky and Edelstein. Yes, he may be lesser of three evils but I love him. There you have it. NETANYAHU HAS MY ENDORSEMENT.
Update: Oh my Gd, here it is 1:30 am New York Time and I have had enough of the damn news so I start spinning and here is this film "Cast a Giant Shadow." I have never seen this film and yet it is shocking to me that Hollywood could produce such a warm, powerful, supportive piece on the birth of Israel.
Tagline: Outnumbered - unarmed - unprepared - they hurled back their answer in flesh and flame!
An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots. Each of Israel's Arab neighbors has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country as soon as partition is granted. He is made commander of the Israeli forces just before the war begins.
Kirk Douglas as the testosterone ODed military adventurer and freedom fighter Colonel David (Mickey) Marcus volunteers to join the fight for the liberation of Israel
Douglas, remarking on a military tactic to fool the enemy: "This has got to be the biggest fake since the invention of falsies." lol
John Wayne toasting "la' Chaim" (but pronouncing it luh kai im) to which Kirk Douglas replies "maybe you better stay off our side Mike, no one would ever believe it." So great!
Wayne is with the State government which is portrayed in a most unflattering light. Arabist! The depiction of State is so on the money.
Frank Sinatra (a great great friend of Israel, here)! Angie Dickinson! Yul Brynner! The cameos just keep on coming. It is done in a hokey fashion but with such earnest intent you can't help but love it. It's a B movie with ginormous stars, sort of a bad movie you love to love.
They are singing Hatikvah, I can't take this. Liveblogging Cast A Giant Shadow, I'm kvelling. Hollywood - oh how the mighty have fallen.
UPDATE 2:30 am: Kirk Douglas takes a bullet, holding a rose (it is Hollywood). Dies......ugh.
Takes Side of Israel - Jeff Jacoby
A Gallup poll released last month puts American support for Israel at near-record levels. In short, solidarity with Israel is an abiding feature of American public opinion. (Boston Globe)