Stampede in a one horse town. Wild horses could not drag them away…An unwashed mob, scheming to steal the ruling class’s public prestige, the social capital of “neutrality” ; making them look bad. “And after all we’ve done for them!” They can paint themselves as defiant subversive rebels resisting the hordes of undemocratic jews carrying the traditional values of the diaspora, but it all P.R. spin. The image of the feeble and passiveness intrinsic to Judaism just won’t stick to the wall no matter how hard they try. Those “uppity” settlers just can’t seem to be “civilized” . Gun toting wild men and women, Bugsy Seigal’s and assorted molls with skull caps and candlesticks. To the Torah-phobic secular elite, these tolerated guests are overstaying their welcome. They are hurting out international business interests. What do you mean; judaism to them is not an unfortunate birth defect? We don’t want to invoke the Warsaw ghetto, but if push comes to shove with these oven dodgers…
Of course, when the settler movement and their supporters dig in their heels, and prepare themselves for an Alamo if need be, their hostility, antagonism when articulated is framed by the elite as examples which constitute incitement which is equated with Judaism being incompatible with democracy. This is desperation when the long used accommodationist ideology is exhausted from fatigue; that is, giving the settler movement, the religious, a sense of inclusion, artificial as it may be, while at the same time casting them as having all the characteristics that justify the moniker of inferiority on them. Sounds like Germany of Der Sturmer, Julius Streicher salad days. In short, religious Zionists, also something of a contradiction, are in essence, a weight on the ruling class, like a hefty, proud jewish nose that refuses cosmetic surgery to look assimilationist and pretty in an era of globalization and international trade. Effectively, metaphorically and realistically, after being pounded on the head, beaten and dragged, they finally realize how conditional and precarious their membership in a shared Israel project really is….
( see link at end) …Police are getting ready for a confrontation with residents and protesters in the Ulpana neighborhood. On Sunday, Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew service uncovered a training plan for Border Guards and other security forces, that included drills aimed at providing troops with skills to remove men, women, and children from the Givat Ha’ulpana neighborhood of Beit El. On Monday, Ha’aretz reported that some 1,000 troops were to be provided with that training.
…According to a decision by the High Court, Jewish residents of the neighborhood have until the end of the month to leave their homes. When they do, they will find themselves living in flimsy “caravillas” – essentially cheap mobile homes – while permanent housing is built for them. A plan by the government to physically move the five buildings in question off land claimed by an Arab has been called everything from brilliant to ridiculous, with many residents of the compound, as well as other right-wing activists, saying that plan is just a “fig leaf” for the complete demolition of the neighborhood.
The drills are said to be taking place at an IDF base in the Jordan Valley. Along with border police, members of the feared Yassam police unit are participating, as are a group of officers on horseback. Both groups are expected to participate in any forced removal of the Ulpana residents, ominously recalling the actions by Yassam and horseback officers at Amona several years ago….
The report said that the troops expect to be ready to act by the end of the month, and to go into action immediately when ordered to do so by the government. Any such order would be personally given by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Meanwhile, residents of the Ulpana, and of Beit El, plan to dig in and resist, if they can. A letter by Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed, Rabbi of Beit El and head of the local Yeshiva, was distributed to residents Sunday night. In the letter, Rabbi Melamed urges residents and activists to be ready to “make sacrifices” in order to save the neighborhood. Quoting Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook z”tl, Rabbi Melamed writes that “all faithful Jews must stand ready to act selflessly against the plan to take the Land away from us and transfer it to non-Jewish hands. All Jews are commanded to join in this struggle, without regard for life or limb,” Rabbi Melamed continued in his quote from Rabbi Kook….
Rabbi Melamed had special praise for National Union Chairman MK Ya’akov Katz (Ketzaleh), whom he said was “at the head of the battle against this terrible edict of destruction. He follows the path of Rabbi Kook, with self-sacrifice, and I congratulate and bless him for his leading of the struggle so far, with great success.” In the letter, Rabbi Melamed adds that he “calls on the entire community, and to the MKs who are loyal to the Land of Israel, to join the struggle in the spirit of sacrifice.” Read More:http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/156996#.T-CX_PVb76M
… implicit in this approach of course, is a discrediting of Judaism and by extension that the natural habitat of democracy lies in secular values. Add to this the millions wasted on projects and bureaucracy devoted to the promotion of a common culture; instead of the stae withdrawing from such a venture, this state sanctioned culture ultimately preserves the interests of a secular elite that runs it irrespective of the government in power….