Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The myth of the all-powerful settler

So yair sheleg in his article on haaretz website writes

"The large number of sometimes violent clashes between the religious right and the army (the incident involving the head of Israel Defense Forces Personnel Directorate, Major General Elazar Stern; the removal of soldiers from the Tomb of the Patriarchs; the confrontation during the most recent evacuations of outposts), on the one hand, and the declarations about "the conquest of the state and its elites," on the other - these have all created a sense that the "State of Judea" is about to take over the State of Israel, and that we should man the barricades already. Now.
But the apocalyptic description of the danger in itself stems from a combination of two mistaken assumptions: One, that the religious public is totally subordinate to its leadership and, therefore, if the latter calls for "a conquest of the state," hundreds of thousands of religious Zionists will join the battle as obedient soldiers. The second mistake is related to the mythic-demonic image of the settlers as "lords of the land," who succeed in bending all the Israeli governments to their will. "

See here is where he and the rest of the coutry both right and left go wrong. He makes a point of quoting amir about being betrayed, Totally irrelevant! Leave yigal amir out! Second he brings up the leftist invention of civil war.

"Anyone who didn't believe in this type of moderating influence before the disengagement, should at least have seen - in light of its results - to what extent the apocalyptic scenarios of a "civil war" and "the destruction of the Third Temple" were divorced from reality. This is because the vast majority of religious Zionists are, in fact, connected to Israeli society as a whole"

Sadly that is true, A that no one actually fought for gush katif and B the settler camp (mainly dati leumi) are too lost in their zionist garbage! We need to see a seperation, A disengageent from the unholy impure state.


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