Olympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 11 Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1296 times:
As reported on CNN, Ariel Sharon recieved 59.5% of the votes, and Ehud Barak recieved 40.5% of the votes...Poles closed a half hour ago, and 100% of the votes are in. Voter turn out 62% was very low and not expected. Any thoughts
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 21 Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1159 times:
Eeks... thanks for the info Olympic A-340!
Well this is getting worrisome... I was hoping Benjamin Netanyahu would have been able to come back... as I feel he was pretty good... wow compared to here in the United States the vote count sure goes quick in Israel...
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 23 Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1151 times:
I see that Barak actually made some pretty large gains in the actual count compared to the pre-election polls. A good portion of the Israeli public probably had last-minute reservations over whether they really wanted to vote for someone as right-wing as Sharon.
Both sides did not have the candidate they wanted in this election. The left wanted Peres and the right wanted Netanyahu; we probably would have seen a more enthusiastic electorate if they had run.
In any case, I do not think this presidency will lead to anything good. Now both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will stonewall in every negotiation, and the Islamic Fundamentalists will have more reason in their eyes to stir up the populace and create havoc altogether.
I think I'll hold off on that trip to Israel for another year. Oh well .
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 23 Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1106 times:
I doubt Dubya would do anything to build up the military in the Gulf, much less Israel. He isn't very supportive (compared to the previous administration) of aggressive overseas involvment/meddling.
I hope Sharon isn't stupid enough to go and say nyah-nyah-nyah to the Palestinians again like he did @ the Temple Mount before this most recent conflict, or go and decisively condone the shooting of Palestinian protestors, or god forbid passive civilians. He probably is though, and this will probably lead to a major conflict, probably not in the form of another war but an extreme version of the Intifadah. Or maybe the Knesset will get fed up after the first few failed negotiations/mistakes and vote to kick him out and have new elections.
I think there will be a new election for Prime Minister in 6 months, tops. Anyone else want to bet?
TWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1104 times:
I am so sick of you!
Your militant. No one on this thread made any personal attacks against any group of people untill you and your juvenile stereotyping comments.
Oh, and your wish that the Palestinians deal a "surprise blow" is insulting and disgusting. Shame on you for wishing for more violence and terror in the region. Shame on you, after all the Jews and Israel has done for the black people and Africa respectively. Your worthless.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39423 posts, RR: 76 Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1088 times:
TWAneedsNOhelp, I am in tears.
I do not hate Jews at all.
I just can't stand the militant Israelis.
Not all Israelis are militant. Barak was a great leader with good intentions. There were many things that were beyond his control that lead to his defeat.
BTW, Don't give me this 'How can you say this after all we've do for you' B/S.
XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4104 posts, RR: 38 Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1081 times:
The Palestinians have yet to recognize the israelis right to their own country. There will never be peace in the middle east. All those peace talks were show just to try to boost Clinton up..he never got anything accomplished. Sign a "treaty" and 1 day later another bomb goes off. Good one. We shall see where this one leads. One thing is guaranteed..there will not be peace over there for a long time to come. Period. I dont care who is president here or in leadership over there.
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7011 posts, RR: 27 Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1082 times:
TWANeedsNoHelp does have a point. The Israeli's saved the Ethiopians, they have taken in over a million Russian immigrants, and yet have lost six million in the holocaust, numerous amount in the Russian Pogroms, and not to mention all those killed by Palestinian terrorists. And you "hoping the Palistinians can deal a suprise blow to them damn trouble-making Israelis" to me is absolutely disgusting. Asking for more violence to a region that has been troubled by it for only God knows how long is disturbing.
As for Sharon, while he may be a controversial figure, he is favored by the Israeli population, so he must not be that extreme right wing. And it cannot be said that the Israeli population is a bunch of military is not true. So perhaps this belief that only extreme violence will come out of this is a little unbased, we shall see.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39423 posts, RR: 76 Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1078 times:
TWAneedsNOhelp & Tbar220,
Let's not get into this again, OK.
I know not all Israelis are militant. There are many good people in Israel that really want peace.
People like Sharon is certainly not condusive to peace. He is only feeding the fire and I am sure Bush will give a helping hand in one way or another.
And please, don't try to butter me up with what Israel has done for the Ethiopians.