Tuesday, April 12, 2005

This morning the gates of more more than a hundred schools and kindergartens in the center of the country were chained. Placards protesting Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan were hung on the gates as well. It seems that anti-pullout activists are responsible for this act. Apparently they have lost all hope of gaining the sympathy of the Israeli public at large.
This operation, like its predecessors, required good coordination and at least dozens of militants to plan it and carry it out. Just imagine what the Jewish state would look like if all the efforts and resources invested in the occupation, in the disengagement plan and in protests against both, were invested in a truly better future for our children. I am not an economist, but I am sure that if all the manpower and money wasted on the occupation had been used to create jobs, to enhance our economy, to promote tourism, to fight poverty and make the best possible medical services available to all of us, to boost academic research, etc. etc., Israel could today very well be a light unto the nations. Now, because of decades of failing government and successful, vigorous actions by a relatively small number of dedicated ( some might say fanatic ) people, in all kinds of international rankings ( dealing with poverty, environmental issues, education, etc. ) we often find ourselves in the company of countries that we definitely do not want to be associated with.

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