Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Ariel Sharon fighting for his life

Israeli PM Ariel Sharon has been taken to hospital suffering a major stroke and brain hemorrhaging. His powers of office have been transferred to Deputy PM Olmert.

If Sharon doesn't survive, what does this mean for the peace process? If Sharon dies and Hamas wins the Palestinian elections, can Israel survive?

This is an increasinly terrifying situation. And just when we had at least a glimmer of hope that Israel would unite around a pragmatic peace-focused party, the thing holding that party together is now at risk of being destroyed.

I just don't know what to think right now. Let's all just hope (and pray if that's your style) that Ariel Sharon survives and can make it. Or, barring that, that Kadima can survive Sharon's death and find another leader to rally around and continue the peace process.

And let's hope that Hamas doesn't win the Palestinian elections.

That would be a disaster for all concerned.