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“Courageous” Sharon “Disengages” From Gaza

You’ve probably heard the one about the boy who murdered his parents and then asked the court for mercy because he was an orphan.  But what if, after being pardoned by the judge, who had taken into consideration his heartbreaking experience, the young kid also demanded that the state provide him with financial assistance to compensate him for the loss of his main providers?

Now isn’t that chutzpah?  Well, you ain’t seen nothing until you’ve read the interview Ariel Sharon gave to the ultra-Orthodox Israeli weekly Mishpaha (cited here by way of Ha’aretz), in which he delivered a stinging attack against the residents of Tel Aviv who went to the beach and sat around in restaurants and cafés instead of empathizing with the pain of the settlers whom he removed from their homes in the Gaza Strip.

“I heard today that Tel Aviv’s beaches were filled to capacity with bathers,” the prime minister said at the very moment the evacuation of Neveh Dekalim and Kfar Darom [two of the Jewish settlements in Gaza] was being completed.  “I would imagine that one would be hard pressed to find an empty place this evening in a Tel Aviv restaurant.  In these difficult times, I would expect more solidarity from various parts of the nation.  But you know, the talented and unique Jews also know how to hate.  We have masterminds of...

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