MK Uzi Landau: "Sharon Plans Altalena-Type Actions"

PM Sharon is trying to prepare public opinion for violence along the lines of the Altalena against Yesha residents and their supporters. So says anti-disengagement Likud leader MK Uzi Landau.

, | updated: 4:28 PM

Speaking with Arutz-7 today, Landau expressed the fear that Ariel Sharon is planning to take forcible and violent measures against those who oppose the withdrawal/expulsion plan. "The recent statements by Sharon and his men against the settlers are designed to justify using force against them, in the style of the Altalena," said Landau.

The Altalena was a ship of Jewish refugee/volunteers and weapons, organized by Menachem Begin's Irgun in June 1948. The arrival of the ship was coordinated with David Ben-Gurion who initially gave his consent. At the last minute, however, Ben-Gurion reversed his decision, refused to continue negotiations with Begin, and ordered the fledgling IDF to attack the ship with shells and gunfire on the shores of Tel Aviv; 16 Jews aboard the ship, and three others, were killed.

Landau voted against the disengagement plan in the Cabinet, even though he knew it would cost him his ministerial position in the Cabinet. Sharon promptly fired Landau after his vote last October; Sharon had previously fired Ministers Effie Eitam and Benny Elon simply for their intention to vote against his plan.

Landau quoted statements today such as, "We'll break their bones" and "The settlers are worse than terrorists," that have emanated of late from the Prime Minister's Office.

Labor MK Ephraim Sneh, a former Deputy Defense Minister, recently wrote in Maariv, "Even if the clash over Gaza exacts a price in blood, it will be tiny compared to the blood and victims that we will have to pay in decades of conflict with the Palestinians... A cruel and destructive civil war formed the democratic character of the United States, [and] the conflict amongst ourselves is unavoidable."

The late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin also made provocative statements against the Jews of Yesha, saying that they are like "propellers" and that he is the Prime Minister of "98% of the nation."