"THIS is not a happy decision," said Israel’s right-wing prime minister
Ariel Sharon last Sunday in Jerusalem. After a six-hour cabinet meeting
which divided his Likud and far-right coalition allies, Sharon announced
his reluctant acceptance of the US-promoted ’road map’ to end the
“The government accidentally helped us with their new economic plan. You
get political discussions every time you buy cigarettes as they now cost
more. There was a lot of anger in the street that we have to pay for
this war both in blood and money.
As the spiral of violence in the Middle East escalates, possibly towards
a wider war drawing in the surrounding Arab countries, US President Bush
continues to show the incapacity of the leading imperialist power on the
planet to offer any solution to the conflict.
A month since Sharon’s Likud party scored an election victory, and after
long negotiations, the 75-year-old Prime Minister has managed to form a
rightwing government based on a coalition of 68 out of 120 Members of
Knesset (Parliament). But this does not guarantee any lasting stability.
As the stormy events of the...
The members of Maavak Sotzialisti, the Israeli section of the CWI, call
and actively campaign for the immediate withdrawal of the Israeli army
from all of the occupied territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We
support unconditionally the Palestinians’ right to self-determination
and an independent state,...
The first ever invasion of the Palestinian Authority (PA) territory by
the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) on Monday 15 April has taken the
present conflict in the region to a new level. It may be the case that
in future years this event could be looked upon as the first decisive
step to a wider conflict. Even though the...
Some of them are Marxists, and some are simply opposed to the
occupation. Whatever the reason, the army doesn’t know how to handle the
new phenomenon of young immigrants who refuse to be drafted into the
Israel Defense Forces for reasons of conscience.
"AS THE United States tries to mediate a truce in the Middle East,
Israeli military planners are preparing for a major assault on
Palestinian cities, towns, and refugee camps that would be broader and
The situation in the Middle East, apparently relatively calm on the
surface a few weeks ago has degenerated into a cauldron of bloody
conflict. The Israeli regime has responded to the new Palestinian
uprising in a brutal manner, deploying helicopter gunships on bombing
raids against the Palestinian Authority area,...