Amos Oz is a celebrated novelist, journalist and writer of non-fiction. He is a peace activist – one of the founders of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now) and one of the first people to advocate a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has been doing since 1967. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on his novels and he is one of my heroes. I also lived in
Amos Oz published an article in
More recently, Amos Oz has spoken about Ariel Sharon:
He is leaving us, taking with him the answers to two great mysteries. Why in the autumn of his life had he suddenly converted so radically? And what else was he going to do in the direction of peace and reconciliation?
The demise of Ariel Sharon has left a vacuum in Israeli politics.
The platform of the party that Ariel Sharon recently founded, Kadima, is not perfect, but it is progressive and it has offered the Israeli people hope that a two-state solution can be reached. The party has brought together former rivals from the right and the left who seem to be determined to bring peace to
Last Friday, the newspaper Yediot Achronot published the results of a poll, which showed that Kadima, with Ehud Olmert leading the party, would still take 39 seats, with Labour taking 20 and Likud 16.
The newspaper Haaretz together with Channel 10 conducted its own survey and found the following:
Kadima with Olmert at its head would take 40 seats;
Kadima with Tzipi Livni at its head would take 38 seats; and
Kadima with Shimon Peres at its head would take 42 seats.
But analysts are not trusting the polls at all. The general consensus is that it is too soon to tell.
Joshua Teitelbaum of the Moshe Dayan Centre and a professor at
As far as polls go I think you have to take them with a grain of salt. I think what you have now is a bit of a sympathy vote. It may be that they lose support in a couple of days or weeks. This Kadima Party was really
Even the members of Kadima have admitted that a lot could change between now and 28 March. The first question is whether support for Kadima has really been for a centrist party or if it has been more for
And Bibi Netanyahu, an extremely dangerous man, is lurking, waiting for his chance to jump back in to fill the vacuum that