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Friday, October 14, 2005

More excuses

Sorry about the lack of Photo Friday today (although the mention of the word 'Friday' should be enough to once again get the Lioness's schedule back on track), but Yom Kippur (just finished) and Sukkot (with it's intensive preparation/construction just begun) are the excuses I'm using for the lapse.

Instead of actual pictures I'm going to ask my readers to take a moment to create a few of their own images (the mental kind).  This will require that many on both the right and left put aside preconceptions and allow, just for a few moments, a new mental picture to emerge.  To do this I'd like you to take about 5 minutes (10, if you read like I do) and read the linked article by Caroline Glick.

I happen to love Caroline Glick.  Not in the romantic way, but because so many of her columns challenge me to think.  I agree with about 75-85% of what she writes, and find that she is a stickler for fact-checking.

After the long ugly period of disengagement where the main Israeli dailies unabashedly abandoned their role as the people's watch-dog and became a willing extensions of the Sharon government (some of them have admitted as much in print), I am trying to look a few months into the future rather than rely heavily on the Hebrew media for developing information.

Here is the link to Caroline's piece about how my neighborhood (Gush Etzion... the settlement bloc that even Shimon Peres passionately proclaims will never be given away as part of a peace deal) is slated to become a test case for all of Judea and Samaria (the west bank).  Remember that this is an editorial (an important distinction), but unlike many other Israeli journalists, Caroline has proven herself willing to paint her own camp (the right) in an unflattering light when necessary.

Go ahead... open your minds and think:

Click Here!

Shabbat Shalom.
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G'mar Chatima Tova to the Trep clan - looking forward to seeing you at our annual dance-a-thon for hakafot shniyot!

The Gush Katif test-bed passed with no serious opposition, as under 20,000 people (less than one-half of one percent of the Jews in Israel) actually tried to do anything significant to stop it. Those who carried it out witnessed an emboldening minimal rebuff.

The Gush Etzyon test will solidify the theory that "they" can do what they want with again no serious threat of reversal. As the ground-dwellers all know, nothing but the prospect of more money in their pockets and more votes in their ballots will change the course of events. The question of where to draw the line regarding resistance will get tougher and tougher.

Our town be watching you carefully, as we have been fighting the fence route in our neighborhood as well, and our situation highlights exactly what the article says about the groups petitioning the Supreme Court. We are on a hilltop, next to a wadi, and the hilltop across has 4 Arab villages. The Army originally requested the fence to be built just beyond the neighboring hilltop, safely away. However, these groups, led by the Jewish citizens of Moshav Shilat, came in and successfully petitioned the Court, who want to now build the fence right up on our side of our hill, literally a few meters away from the community. Talk about sitting ducks - even a 5-year-old couldn't miss pelting the kids playing basketball here with rocks, or worse. We have managed to raise funds internally and hired a lawyer and a retired General to help fight our case. We audiotaped some of the sermons from our neighbors mosques, full of blood-curdling screams for our deaths, and have used them as evidence. (Funny, they certainly seem to be quiet as they mull about our town every day making money building and cleaning). The case is set to be decided by the Court soon, and it looks as if we may have at least had the fence pushed away from being right on our border, but we don't yet know how far.

Good luck fending off this steamroller, but a Navy man like you can probably tell that the winds are not blowing your way right now.

Posted by: Yonah | Oct 14, 2005 11:55:44 AM

Thank you for the article, it was an interesting read. I tried, I really did, to keep an open mind, and I liked her style of writing. However, as much as I can understand (as in empathize, not truly understand...for only those living there can) the confusion, uncertainty and fear that the proposed path of the "security fence" is causing you and others in West Bank settlements, I did not see (nor do I believe she intended to provide) an arguement that will change my political inclinations or opinions about the fence. But I did appreciate the opportunity to read a well presented view point that was so far from my own that I wouldn't have otherwise come across it. Thanks for sharing and I hope that you are sitting with a double espresso, making up for a lack of caffiene!

Posted by: nrg | Oct 14, 2005 2:18:07 PM

A lot of people are talking about the security fence Supreme Court decision - but I am not sure if many of them have actually read it for themselves.

The decision can be found on the web. Go to http://www.court.gov.il/heb/index.htm
If you read Hebrew, you can probably figure it out from there. For an English translation of the decision click the "Decisions of the Supreme Court" link in the middle of the page. At the bottom of the search page click on "Search by Case No." Enter Case # 7957 Year 2004.

Posted by: John | Oct 14, 2005 10:04:19 PM

I still haven't read the article but I will. Am still trying to recover from that Krav Maga thingy, funny that I should only find about it here.

[Surprisingly, this Friday i was right on track all by myself. Yey me. You'd think the fact that I sometimes even have conversations on Friday morning along the lines of "What time will we leave for the synagogue?" would be enough to allow me not to forget what day it is a few hours later but - sadly, no. I don't understand it at all. Uzi called it "The Wednesday Syndrome", come Wednesday it's all random. You are, in general, a public service, and personally a much much needed one. You're the magnetic map where I am the sea turtle. *Deep curtsy* - thank you indeed!]

Posted by: Lioness | Oct 16, 2005 12:31:18 AM

I like Glick too. Thanks for the link. That's a pretty worrisome article. I don't know what to say other than I hope you're not monumentally hosed.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Oct 16, 2005 4:26:47 PM

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