Shaul Mofaz, one of Israel's greatest Generals is set to return the limelight as Defense Minister, replacing wishy-washy "Fuad" Ben-Eliezer who bolted from Israel's unity government claiming that he had become the "punching bag" of his own party.
Mofaz has several advantages, and will hopefully usher in a new era of determination to win the war against Palestinian terrorism. Mofaz is a realist. In contrast to Peres and Ben-Eliezer, he has always understood that there is no compromise to be made with Islamic terrorists sworn to destroy Israel. Mofaz believes that it is a mistake to leave the Father of Modern Terrorism, Yasser Arafat, at the helm of the Palestinian terror machine.
Mofaz determined that Arafat must be removed and conveyed this assessment repeatedly to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to the former Minister of Defense. But Fuad opposed the advice of former IDF Chief of Staff. Indeed, Ben-Eliezer and Peres provided personal protection to Arafat, while the Palestinian Jihad terrorist picked up the pace of murdering Jews. Now Mofaz is poised to assume the role of Defense Minister, and Arafat's days may be numbered, vastly increasing the chances of saving the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis.
Another advantage is that Mofaz is the one who selected Israel's current IDF Chief of Staff, Moshe Ayalon, who was Mofaz' IDF protÃ©gÃ© for many years. Their security outlook is very similar and they are very much in line with Sharon's views, as well.
Finally Israel will benefit from a team of like minded leaders, dedicated to bringing about a new Mideast, free of Palestinian and Islamic terror. The tension and hesitation in Sharon's cabinet caused by the Labour's political wrangling and appeasement of the radical Left will finally be over.
As a concerned Arafat himself said today "I expect an escalation against us, especially if we're talking about such a new government."
In other words, progress is on its way.