This morning an op-ed from MK Ephraim Sneh caught my eye, in particular the following:
"And on a personal note: In 2000 I warned against a unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon, because of the vacuum that would be created by an IDF pullout. I said that Hizbullah would take over the area in all its force, and would deploy opposite our settlements in the north."Who exactly did he warn, his wife? I don't remember Ephraim Sneh coming out against the withdrawal from Lebanon. Not only that, it turns out that Sneh was the Deputy Minister of Defense in May 2000, the time of the pullout! That is to say that Mr. Sneh has (deputy) ministerial responsibility for the withdrawal and its results.
Perhaps Sneh warned against the pullout in closed meetings with Ehud Barak and other members of that government. Even so, if he really felt that the unilateral withdrawal was a mistake, he should have said so publicly, nay he should have resigned from his position as Deputy Minister of Defense!
I mentioned to a friend the other day that in Hebrew there is no word for "accountability." A quick look at the members of Israel's present government and members of Knesset shows that not only do we lack a word to express the concept, but that the concept does not exist in practice. Sneh continues in his article:
"This is exactly what happened. Now, the IDF is correcting the mistake. I warned that the message we would be sending to the Arab world would be that it is more worthwhile to draw Israeli blood than to negotiate with us. This also came to pass."We can only hope that Ephraim Sneh has learned his lesson, and that he will not continue to support unilateral withdrawals, even if it means losing his seat in the Knesset.
"Four months after the pullout from Lebanon the second intifada broke out. We lost more than 1,000. I hope we have learned the bitter lesson."