When Doves Speak

“People like myself led the movement to withdraw from Lebanon in 2000, and when we were asked what would happen if they continued to use violence against us and shoot at us from Lebanon, we said that when we leave Lebanon according to a U.N. agreement, then we will have a free hand to use against those who act against us,” said Beilin, who was justice minister at the time of the pullout. “This is why we find ourselves in a difficult situation. We cannot criticize everything the government does, especially since it is clear-cut that there was no Israeli provocation.”

– Yossi Beilin, perennial Israeli dove, on the current battle against Hezbollah. From a terrific article in The Washington Post about the response of the Israeli peace movement to the violence.

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