Thursday, October 27, 2005

On the day that Israel buries five more terror victims, some settlers and settler supporters thought the time had come again to do what they excel in: violently opposing our security forces and making the work and lives of our soldiers and policemen and -women even harder than they already are. Also, almost ten years after Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was murdered, the family of his murderer ( and of the murderer's brother who helped prepare the murder ) thinks it is about time that Yigal Amir is released. After all, what he did was in fact a mitzvah, if we are to believe Amir's mother and siblings: not their son, but Rabin was the criminal. It is obvious that the apple never falls far from the tree. The hatred and blind fanaticism that led Yigal and Hagai Amir to their despicable deed must have come from somewhere, and clearly at least part of all that was given them at home. What is really scary is that the only difference between the two oldest Amir brothers and the most fanatical among the 'hilltop youth' and other young and not so young rightwing extremists appears to be that the former two simply had the 'courage' to draw the ultimate conclusion of their hateful political-religious ideology, plus the opportunity to carry out their plan. Because of similar goals, the Amirs' success and that of their Islamist counterparts on the Palestinian side run parallel in more than one way.

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