Jogo sent me this great article by Benny Morris.
I don't agree with this: "His defeat, as prime minister, of the second Palestinian intifada will doubtless be carefully studied, once the hysteria and hype die down, as a model of a relatively clean, successful counterinsurgency."
But otherwise, Morris is spot on. Here especially:
One certainty remains. Israel, and especially and paradoxically, its large moderate left and center, is in the grip of a great sadness. Those opposed to peace, in the slums of Rafah and the Jewish settlement compound of downtown Hebron, can be expected to rejoice (as they did when Mr. Sharon suffered his small first stroke, on Dec. 18). The Islamic fundamentalists and the so-called Palestinian secularists who view Israel as a cancer and seek its destruction will honk their horns and hand out candy to the cruelly misled children of Gaza; and those Jews who are unwilling to give up the dream of Greater Israel and, perhaps, of ridding this land of its Arab usurpers, will offer thanks to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.Morris is right to question who can continue the steps Sharon took towards peace: surely not Netanyahu, who has no desire for peace, and probably not Amir Peretz, who might want peace but may not be able to defeat the Greater Israel fanatics to get it.
A blog link: Daniel's thoughts on Sharon.