by Moshe Feiglin, Israelnationalnews.com
It is wrong to throw rocks at IDF soldiers. We must do all that we can
to uproot this phenomenon. But the mad witch hunt that has raged this
week has nothing to do with concern for and loyalty to the IDF.
Every Friday for years, leftist demonstrators would gather near the
Arab village of Bil’ain. They would routinely throw rocks at the
One Border Policeman lost his eye as a result. Other soldiers were
But it did not interest the media. Nobody stuck a microphone into the
face of Amos Oz or any other leftist High Priest to ask how those
weeds had grown up in their garden. The wife of the Border Policeman
who lost his eye didn’t get any air time, the general did not
pontificate about hatred the likes of which he had never seen, the
Chief of Staff did not give interviews, Fuad did not call upon the IDF
to shoot Jewish protesters, nobody declared that the anarchists are a
terror organization and the Prime Minister did not convene an
emergency Knesset committee meeting. None of that at all.
Why not? Because the protesters in Bil’ain come from the same social
and ideological milieu as the media. Why create a scandal against
themselves? Why make people feel disgust for your own ideology?
In other words, the mad witch hunt raging now in Israel has nothing to
do with honesty. The hands holding the microphones are truly not
clean, and those who have rushed to condemn the rock throwing at IDF
soldiers played into the media’s hands and fanned the flames. We are
experiencing untamed political incitement under the guise of
I am willing to bet that the settlers have a much higher percentage of
sons in the army than Israel’s broadcasters and they surely are as
concerned for their welfare as are the talking heads.
It would be easy to stop the “price tag operations” if we would really
want to face the truth: The youth of Judea, Samaria and Gaza have
grown up into a reality in which the state and the army persecute them
and destroy their homes. In other words, the state and the army have
effectively turned themselves into the enemy. These youths have grown
up into a reality in which they have no human rights; a reality in
which Peace Now, the State’s Attorney and the High Court urge the IDF
and the police to attack them; a reality in which the media insult and
abuse them and the rabbis condemn them; a reality that pushes them far
into a corner where they can try to defend themselves.
This is the reality of our 14 year olds. What is Israeli society so
We must keep in mind that the rock attack on the soldiers took place
on the backdrop of the bulldozers on their way to destroy Ramat Gilad,
a neighborhood built on private Jewish property, authorized by former
PM Sharon as part of a master plan to build 185 housing units there.
The agricultural lands in the neighborhood have been worked for 29
No Arab has ever challenged Jewish ownership of the lands. According
to the Ottoman law, which still applies today in Judea and Samaria,
everything about the neighborhood is strictly kosher. Nevertheless,
new bylaws have been put into place, relevant only to Jews to make the
neighborhood “illegal”. Barak wasted no time and sent in the
It is a crime to throw rocks at soldiers. But it is even worse to
destroy Jewish homes in the Land of Israel, to drive families out of
their homes and to decimate synagogues.
A small time criminal works against the law. But a big-time criminal
works within the law. Usually, he wears a uniform.
The government can quickly enact the legislation necessary to legalize
the outposts and to restore the political commissars of the “justice
system” to their natural size. If no major crimes will be perpetrated
in the name of the law, there won’t be any small crimes either, and
peace and truth will reign once more.
Gov’t Secretary: No More Coddling Leftists at Bilin
Recent violent incidents ascribed to right-wingers may have rattled the government enough to cause it to reappraise its attitude toward leftist and Arab violence, too.
Government Secretary Tzvi Hauser told Channel 2 that “whoever burns a mosque and damages a site that is holy to others disgraces this nation and causes it to be slandered,” Hauser said. “These things… an end must be put to them. The Prime Minister was shocked when he heard the story of the mosque.”
He said that the government intends to take a series of measures to deal with the violence. “There is meaningful budgetary assistance and there are technological means. All the necessary approvals will be granted and there is attention from the leadership. Once the Prime Minister says this is the time to clamp down on it – I believe things will move, as in other cases where the Prime Minister put his fist down.”
Hauser added that a change could also be expected in the way security forces deal with leftist and Arab violence at regular hotspots Bilin and Naalin.
“This is also an opportunity to put an end to the coddling approach at Bilin and Naalin. In the course of the last three years, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded. There are repeated disturbances there and the media needs to search its soul regarding its attitude toward that. The State of Israel needs to approach these fringe groups, mark a red line and tell them ‘this is as far as you go.’ There are anarchists on both right and left.”
Hauser said that the government’s policy on outposts was that “there is enough land in Judea and Samaria to enable Jewish settlement – not one square meter of private land needs to be taken.”
“It is important to say at this moment, too,” he added, “that there are manipulative interested parties out there that try to besmirch an entire population of settlers. Just as we will fight with an iron hand the anarchists who libel this land, we must insist that in this discourse, events will not be used in order to hurt the population that is the most severely challenged in Israel.”