Ari Shavit

Posted: January 1st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, war | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Something bad overcomes Haaretz’s Ari Shavit when he smells gunfire.

On August 11 2006, for some obscure reason, Haaretz published Shavit’s op-ed as the top story on the paper’s front page. It was three days before the end of the 2nd Lebanon war, and Shavit’s article called for PM Olmert resignation if he were to accept the UN security council cease-fire resolution without engaging in a massive ground operation against the Hezbollah.

The ground operation did start that night. It turned out to be the war’s biggest failure, claiming the lives of 33 soldiers. Two days later, Israel accepted the security council cease-fire resolution. Some sources – including military reporters Ofer Shelah and Yoav Limor in their book about the war – claim that Shavit’s article had a major influence on the decision to approve the ground invasion.

I don’t remember Shavit – nor his editors in Haaretz who chose to place his article as their front page statement – ever taking responsibility for their call, or even explaining it. Instead, Shavit became Olmerts greatest critic, calling for his resignation on a weekly basis.

Now Shavit has a new enemy. It’s the Israelis who oppose the war. His ugly article in today’s Haaretz showed Shavit’s utter lack of any understanding of Democracy – but more importantly, that even 33 dead soldiers couldn’t teach him some modesty. That’s what makes the journalists so different from politicians – there is nobody to ask them to resign.