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Originally posted by Djarums
What a nightmare Fred...
It begs the question though. What should one do?
Israel without Ariel Sharon as prime minister will have to adjust to important changes:
1. Up until the March 28 general election, finance minister Ehud Olmert takes over full prime ministerial authority. He is expected to call a cabinet meeting in the coming hours to assume the reins of government and demonstrate continuity.
Israel, bitterly divided by political strife and rivalries, badly needs a unifying hand at the helm, a role which it is hard to see Olmert filling.
2. He will be called upon to perform a strong, unifying function for Kadima, the new party that Sharon fashioned in his own image, but without him lacks cohesive cement. He may be challenged by more popular figures.
Many of its leading lights may think hard about returning to their parent-parties Likud or Labor or retiring from politics.
Kadima is likely to reach the election a shadow of the party that, until Wednesday morning, shot to the top of all the opinion polls with prospects of between 40 to 50 seats in the 120-Knesset.
3. The security situation hangs in the balance. Defense minister Shaul Mofaz and chief of staff Lt-Gen Dan Halutz obeyed Sharons guidelines to the letter, even when this meant confronting the country with grave difficulties.
Neither appears capable of rising above this submissiveness to fill the leadership vacuum left by the stricken prime minister. Olmert may have to look around for a strong figure in defense to compensate for his own lack of experience and instill in the country the sense that security is in capable hands.
4. Sharons absence from the prime ministers office will also have an effect on the Palestinians who are sunk in anarchy under the weak leadership of Mahmoud Abbas.
Sharon had tacitly indicated that Israel would not interfere with Hamas participation in the Palestinian general election in 20 days.
Now, Hamas is fully capable of taking advantage of Israels political weakness for a full-scale terror offensive.
5. Until Wednesday night, the most significant strategic game in progress) in the Middle East (aside from Iraq) was the US-French drive against Syrian president Bashar Assad, which is far from over.
Now, with George Bushs faithful ally in Jerusalem incapacitated, the pieces have shifted to new places on the regional board.
Doctors said Wednesday that the chances of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon making a full recovery from the massive stroke he suffered are slim.
The 77-year-old leader suffered a cerebral hemorrhage — bleeding in his brain — while en route to an Israeli hospital to have a hole in his heart fixed.
"It's among the most dangerous of all types of strokes," with half of victims dying within a month, said Dr. Robert A. Felberg, a neurologist who directs the stroke program at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans.
Doctors Doubt Full Recovery for Sharon
Originally posted by Netchicken
Thats going to be a huge hole in the direction of the country and the leadership of his new party.
Originally posted by Riwka
Jews do not rub our hands when we pray.
Israel's Ariel Sharon has undergone seven hours of surgery following a major stroke, and is now in a critical but stable condition, doctors say.
Doctors managed to stop the bleeding in the 77-year-old's brain, the director of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem said.
He is to be kept "under heavy anaesthesia and ventilation" for the next 24 hours, Shlomo Mor-Yosef said.
Shut up, Subz. Talk about trying to derail, and at an inappropriate time.
Y Net News. com
Even in the most optimistic scenario, hospital sources said,
Sharon is expected to stay at the intensive care unit for a long time...
and later move on to a lengthly rehabilitation period.