by Will Blesch
It seems to me that the issue of the Gilad Farm (built on land owned by Moshe Zar, a longtime friend of Ariel Sharon) in the so-called West Bank, is first of all...none of the U.S.'s business since it happens to be on privately owned land bought and paid for by the Zar family.
Secondly, the order to dismantle the “illegal” settlement of the Gilad Farm (which again, is on privately owned land) seems to me to be just as “illegal”. Ehud Barak has made a huge fuss over the “rule of law” and the fact that the “settlers” are upset because their homes are being dismantled and are showing a bit of a backbone in standing up to the “legally appointed authorities” who came to dismantle their homes.
I can tell you one thing. If this were Texas, those cops wouldn't stand a chance. If you come onto someone's private property without permission, you could get shot there...and to hell with whether those coming onto the property are from the government or not.
Thankfully, this isn't Texas. However, Ehud Barak and other left wing radicals should stop and think about what it might be like to have their homes...which they bought and paid for...on their own private land...torn down by properly appointed legal authorities because those homes just don't fit in with a foreign power's ideas about peace in their neck of the woods.
It's high time Israel found a way to get itself out of the grip of America. A large part of this could be done by no longer taking foreign aid from the U.S. If Israel no longer owed money, then it could probably stop acting like America's lapdog... “Yes sir, no sir...can you please just stand up for us one more time at the U.N. Sir?”
This would lessen the pressure Israel feels to kowtow to the U.S. State department.
While there is no doubt that it would be great to keep America as a close ally...that's the key word. Ally. Not a subservient...semi – U.S. State or protectorate that must do whatever D.C. Demands.
Regardless of what America says, the issue of the Gilad Farm is an internal Israeli matter. The left wing needs to be put in check. Their deep disdain for those who believe the Land of Israel belongs to Jews based on Biblical beliefs is leading them to behave in ways that are just not right. Isn't the left supposed to be about tolerance?
Despite the fact that I personally agree to a large extent that the uber religious also should have their power curtailed...(Mea Shearim anyone?)...there is no excuse for firing anything...whether paint balls, or rubber bullets, at other Jews. Period.
As for the religious Zionists of Gilad Farm, you my dear folks, are not helping your case by going on an overnight rampage and bashing Palestinian's windshields as “retaliation” for what the Israeli government has ordered. That's just flat out stupid, and you are hurting yourselves politically as well as hurting the ability of those who would be your allies to effectively stand for you. Get a grip.