Once again Sharon and Co have provoked the working class in Israel with further dismissals of workers in the public sector in an open violation of the agreement that was reached last May. On Monday, some 50,000 civil servants launched an open-ended work-to-rule. Additionally, hospital workers are preparing to join the strike after Yom Kippur.
The recent suicide bombing in Haifa which killed 19 people and wounded
45 has been used by the Sharon government as an excuse to hit Syria with an air
strike. In spite of the fact that Syria closed Hamas and Jihad bases in an
attempt to appease US imperialism, the Israeli government has carried out this provocative
attack. Obviously Sharon has his own agenda. Yossi Schwartz in Israel analyses
what this new development implies and offers a socialist perspective and
solution to the conflict.
This month marked the 30th anniversary of the 1973 Middle East war. Thirty years after that war ended some of the Agranat Committee's findings have been published in Israel that shed a new light on those events. They reveal the behind-the-scenes manoeuvres between the Soviet Union and the USA and also how the then government of Israel hid many important facts from its own people about what was really going on.
The recent Geneva Accords on the Middle East crisis have provoked a hysterical reaction on the part of Ariel Sharon who lashed out at the signatories of the Geneva initiative in a stormy start to the winter session of the Knesset on Monday of last week. Yossi Schwartz and Leon Cohen, in Israel, explain what lies behind this latest development.