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Letter "Y" » Yaron Ezrahi Quotes
«What the Israeli public has lost today is the unprecedented degree of optimism, with the only person who could carry out unpopular historic decisions incapacitated. You don't see any figure of his status with the courage, the political acumen and the domestic strength to carry out such decisions. The whole public was waiting for Sharon's last act.»
«A majority opinion is not necessarily a majority of Israeli voters.»
«This is the end of the age of warriors.»
«The real change is that for the first time we have three people in the leading parties ... and none have the reputation or the record of a heroic military general or a bloody ruthless fighter.»
«The enormous popularity of that withdrawal and the terrible blow inflicted upon the status of the settlers indicated ... that the folding up of settlements may not be a prescription for political suicide. This is very significant and means that people say to themselves, 'if even Sharon is supporting withdrawal, then that must be in the vital interest of Israel'.»
«It's a disenchantment with two utopias: with the left-wing utopia of peace and harmony, and with the right-wing utopia of greater Israel by blood and fire.»
«Disengagement was seen as the middle compromise. It takes an element of the right and the left. The element of the right is pessimism about the ability of the Palestinians to sign an agreement. The element of the left is willingness to divide the land. And the disengagement is the perfect synthesis of this.»
«The monumental choices this election was supposed to be about were actually decided beforehand. This election came to be a measure of confirmation of this choice.»