By Yossi Sarid
My weaning from politics has gone well thus far. Ever since I resigned and ever since the 17th Knesset was formed, I haven't had delirium tremens even once; I have not even been overcome by longing. It seems so far away to me, the Knesset, and not really all that interesting.
And all of of a sudden, last week, I was gripped by a single moment of regret – too bad I wasn't there. The plenum convened for a special session to hear the remarks of Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, who came for an official visit to
The president, who delivered his speech in his own language, said only correct things about the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and about the increasingly closer cooperation between
How interests coincide: President Sezer forgot to relate even indirectly to the Armenian genocide, which
There is no need for vulgar comparisons between the Jews' Holocaust and other cases of genocide. Even the Armenians themselves acknowledge the satanic uniqueness of the Final Solution, and they make no demands for “equality.” However, they do have a justified demand for recognition of the terrible pogrom that was visited upon them, for which someone must take responsibility. Recognition by the Jewish people is of special importance to them, which is completely understandable.
Yossi Saird Former Israeli Minister of Education
Source: Haaretz daily, 16 June 2006