Sunday, August 07, 2005

Bibi Resigns

Netanyahu quits the Sharon government, eight days before the scheduled pullout:
Eight days before the pullout's official start date, Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced during Sunday’s government session that he has decided to quit the government.

“Here is my (resignation) letter,” the finance minister told Prime Minister Sharon and placed a handwritten note on the government table.
“The reasons for my resignation are all written here.”

“It’s becoming clear that the unilateral withdrawal under fire is not giving us a thing. The opposite is true, it undermines the security of Israel, splits the nation, entrenches the principle of withdrawal to the 1967 borders, which are not defensible, and is not the way to achieve peace,” Netanyahu wrote in his letter.

“What do we get in exchange for the withdrawal?” Bibi asks in his resignation notice. “What do we get in return for the uprooting of families and their children, homes, and graves? We’ll get an Islamic terror base. In recent months I hoped the government would open its eyes in the face of this clear reality and change course, but the opposite happened.”


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