Sunday, February 05, 2006

Questions have to be asked

Tonight at 6:30 at Kikar Tzion in Jerusalem, the right will hold a rally at what they perceive as police brutality during the Amona evacuations. The banner of the event will be 'Olmert is bad for the Jews' and will also focus on holding Acting PM Ehud Olmert accountable for his actions.
The Amona evacuations were of course political, any action taken in the lead up to elections have a political and electoral dimension to them. If Kadima were serious about redrawing the borders of Israel, then why start now and make such a fuss about nine structures and create scenes like we witnessed in Amona? Why didn't Kadima wait for an almost definite mandate that it will receive, decide on borders and conduct wider scale Gaza Disengagement-like evacuations en masse?
This question needs further thought. MK Tzvi Hendel claims that he was told by an Olmert advisor that it is his job to make the public "hate the settlers." We do not know whether this is true or not as the advisor has strenuously denied it, even though Hendel says he will quit the Knesset if it turns out that he lied. What is clear is that the Amona evacuations were intended for internal Israeli consumption.
Recently, Hamas were overwhelmingly voted into power by the Palestinian electorate and the Israeli electorate which in times like this, unlike most democracies, in response is waiting to be led by the government reactiont(shouldn't it be the other way around??). The first reaction of the government is to switch the focus. The world is in a holding pattern to see what Hamas will do, and Hamas is keeping its terror wing under wraps under the intense glare. Israel doesn't want to hinder the process by being seen as the protaganist and jumping the gun.
Kadima and the Israeli government know that they have staked their reputation on reshaping borders and thus will have to make further evacuations. In order to do so there has to be a villain of the peice, Kadima can not afford many more heart wrenching scenes like those that took place last year in Gaza. Hamas are not doing their part by showing the Israeli public we must evacuate to prevent friction. So logically what Tzvi Hendel is claiming does seem likely even if this actual conversation did or did not take place.
The government and Kadima need more scenes like Amona to distance the 'mainstream' Israeli voter from the 'extremist' settlers. Already the media is follwing this worrying suit with articles such as 'Us and them'.
The rally tonight shouldn't be political in as much as a call for prevention of not only police brutality but a call on our politicians, right and left, not to stoop to creating rifts in our society for electioneering purposes. Politically heated debate is fine and we are going to disagree vehemently but questions must be asked when politicians attempt to garner votes by creating hatred for one sector of a poulation.

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