May 8, 2008
Probe of Olmert could derail peace process
(Page 2 - Previous Page)In 2005, Netanyahu left then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government precisely because he believed the Gaza withdrawal would lead to a tightening of the Iranian noose around Israel.
On Syria, Netanyahu argues that if Israel returned the Golan Heights, the Golan simply would become an Iranian forward base. Over the past few weeks, Netanyahu repeatedly has said that his own peace feelers with Syria -- conducted by U.S. multimillionaire Ronald Lauder when Netanyahu was prime minister in the late 1990s -- broke down because Netanyahu refused to withdraw from the heights.
If Netanyahu were to come to power at Kadima's expense, the political wheel in Israel would have come full circle. Sharon and Olmert broke away from Likud in 2005 to build the political platform for a withdrawal to defensible borders and an end to the occupation of Palestinian-populated territory. Netanyahu almost certainly would reverse that process.
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