Much kudos to Alan for this and last week's interview with Dore Gold, LIVE IN JERUSALEM. Taking down the Jihad media one blow to the keppe at a time.
Click here: Ann, Boker tov, Boulder!
Natan Sharansky spoke of the constant rain of rockets. Jews, Christians, and Muslims are being killed. But Nasrallah says the Muslims will die martyrs so they should not worry. Thousands fleeing from the North. Daily, daily daily......this is their life.
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Here are abbreviated snippets, but they are just a glimpse. Listen to the audio.
Allan Roth, One Jerusalem.Org asks about the mood of the people. Do the Israelis want more diplomacy.
Sharansky says he has never seen the Israelis so united. We will not be blackmailed, Will not be held hostage. The people understand. They are living for a month in shelters. 2 million people are in shelters........
Rick Richman asked about the mood on the Israelis. Did they want a diplomatic solution or do they believe the military has to handle it?
Sharansky: We have a very hesitant leadership We have no choice, we have to fight. Hezbollah must beaten. We must have a clear military victory. We have no choice.
I asked him about the Iranian crisis. Had his position on Iran had changed from our last phone call. I wanted to know if he still thought Iran should be handled diplomatically....through regime change or should it be handled militarily;
Iranian crisis: He believes the time is not long and did Sharansky still believe Iran should be handled diplomatically "regime change" in the
I also asked him about Government and the IDF - Government and IDF racked by unprecedented leadership crisis
Sharansky: We have a very hesitant leadership. Excellent people were removed from important positions in the past year for political reasons. This is a problem and we are suffering for it.
Israpundit: What is the effect of the change in military leadership? Will that action provide some military victory and will decisive action be taken?
Sharansky: I am not a military expert and can't really speak to it.
Ann of Boker Tov. Boulder spoke of ethics and morals. The thought of these
young Jewish soldiers having to fight hezbos door to door .......... is this concern for civilian life?
Sharansky doesn't know why it took so long to undergo a ground offensive.. You can't win the war from the air.
Tigerhawk wanted to know if Sharansky's position on democracy was viable after the election of Hamas, Hezbollah ............ if it was viable in Arab countries.
Gateway Pundit asked about Saudi Arabia meeting with Turkey.
Sharansky: Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations are afraid of this ascendancy of Shia power in that region.
Should Lipi be replaced;
Sharansky: Government is hesitant. Personnel changes not the answer. We will discuss these questions after the war.
I asked how the Israeli people could elect Abu Dana (Olmert) a political hack with such far left familial connections after Hamas was elected and Sharon went into a coma. Why would voter turnout be the lowest in Israeli history? And why would they capitulate to Condi? Israel determines her future. It's Israel survival at stake, why would they relinquish control?
Sharansky: Israelis had big allusions to peace. Sharon's presence loomed large over the election.
Listen to the call, this is an abbreviation. I am traveling.
My Observation? Sharansky and the great majority of Israelis are most unhappy with the current administration's inability to act and take decisive action. The Israeli people are of one mind. Hezbollah must be beaten or Israel's future is in question.
I am blogging from the car so I will transcribe and update later. I will tell you there were excellent questions from the bloggers, better than the answers in some instances. Issues you'll never hear discussed by jihad journalists.