Wednesday, August 17, 2005

In the last few weeks more than once Ariel Sharon was called the Trojan horse of the Likud. This is a very strange analogy, i.e. if you know the history of the horse, of the Likud and of those who built that party. Anyway, if the Trojan-horse comparison is valid anywhere in today's events here, it is in the case of the youngsters who have infiltrated into the Gaza Strip and who are among the most fanatic and militant opponents who face the security forces during the evacuation. They were welcomed with open arms by the settlers, and who were preseneted as the living proof of solidarity among the settlers and other religious Zionists, and of their dedication to the Land. Yesterday I saw Shaul Goldstein, a prominent member of the Yesha Council, shouting against some of them, and he and others already have asked the authorities to help the settlers to get rid of these firebrands. The agitators have already openly attacked community leaders and at least one prominent rabbi, they have made it almost impossible for some settler families who decided to leave 'voluntarily' to pack their belongings, and they have been responsible for most of the violence directed against the security forces. In the end these troublemakers appear to have made life easier for the soldiers and police(wo)men whose task it is to carry out the evacuation. The evacuation goes much more smoothly than expected, and the ugly and painful scenes of people being forced to leave their homes do not arouse as much indignation as they would have if all of the so-called supporters of those people had behaved in more responsible and less violent ways. With friends like these...

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