Seems that Ariel Sharon plays his Reasoning card well. He has reasoning (shikul daat – שיקול דעת), he has responsibilty, and not just some responsibility – National Responsibility! His image and media advisors are professionals of the best kind – on the bottom line livel, on the results level they just haven’t failed since about 1999. His motto in 2001 was “A leader capable of reasoning”. His latest spins are all about responsibility. National Responsibility.
At the press conferences he’s so quiet and pragmatic. He told journalists – “I didn’t kill myself when you were scolding and criticizing me and I didn’t go out dancing when you turned me into an ‘etrog'” (an etrog is a citron, a fruit that according to the Jewish tradition every Jew must purchase for himself and then keep it well during the week of the feast of Tabernacles; our responsible and reasonable journalists said said that Sharon should be safeguarded like an etrog until he completes the destruction of Gush-Katif). He didn’t kill himself – he killed the dreams of about 10,000 Israelis whose homes he destroyed; and he didn’t go out dancing, but he did get out of a criminal conviction on his corruption charges. A little humor, a little wink, a lot of responsibility. And reasoning, yea, a lot of it. Staying a prime minister for five years without party support, without media support, without parliamentary support, without lobbyist support takes a lot of reasoning.
That’s how a man, that for the whole of his military and political career symbolized the lack of credibility, responsibility and regard for authority, is now the symbol for the opposite.
And we don’t even have a better option.