Thursday, July 14, 2005

The opponents of the disengagement have no reason to complain about the airtime that they receive in the electronic media. I just saw a broadcast of "Six with Oded Ben Ami" ( a former IDF Spokesmen, brigadier-general in the reserves ) on Channel Two. First a girl was interviewed who was earlier seen in a very loud and verbally violent confrontation with policemen and -women at one of the checkpoints ( isn't it ironic? ) on the border between Israel and Gaza. She expressed the pain and furstrations of the Gush Katif settlers very well, but Ben Ami ( who does not appear to be rightwing or an opponent of disengagement, on the contrary ) did not reply at all to her accussations and claims ( he seemed either to feel uncomfortable with her or not be prepared very well ). Then rabbi Elyakim Lebanon, the head of the Elon-Moreh hesder-yeshiva ( one of a number of religious schools that have an 'arrangement' ( hesder ) with the army: their students combine regular army service with religious studies; several hesder-yeshivot are in the occupied territories ) was interviewed. Five of his students yesterday refused to participate in the closure of the Gaza Strip. He said clearly that orders from the army ( he literally said "MiBaHutz", i.e. from the outside, making clear what he thinks is the relationship between the state and the army on one hand and religious Zionism on the other ) that contradict orders from rabbis should not be carried out. Oded Ben Ami did not say anything himself, even though I think he should at least have interrupted the rabbi when he talked about "MiBaHutz": this is basically an admittance that we are talking about two armies for two peoples ( i.e. two parts of only one of the two peoples who will have to share one of the two states, if ever a two-states-for-two-peoples-solution will become reality, something that I am becoming more doubtful about every day, some sort of twelve-tribes-solution seems more realistic ). The Chief of Staff has threatened to rethink the arrangement with the yeshivot-hesder if it turns out that some sort of organized refusal will become a phenomenon among hesder soldiers. Later he retracted or rephrased this threat, I believe.
When the third guest turned out to be a spokesman for the March on Gush Katif that will be held by settlers and their supporters on Monday, I decided that I had had enough for one day, and I returned to my laptop.

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