I tell you, if Israel didn’t exist then political satirists would have to invent it. Otherwise where would they get such good material?
Over 10,000 right-wing protesters gathered on Wednesday in Paris Square in Jerusalem near the Prime Minister’s residence to demonstrate against the temporary settlement freeze.
“When Netanyahu speaks of a settlement freeze he means a disengagement,” National Union MK Aryeh Eldad told the protesters.
Directly addressing Netanyahu, Eldad added: “Jews are not popsicles; you don’t freeze us so fast.”
“The people of Israel are telling you today,” Eldad continued, “we are not frozen so fast and we are not beaten so fast.”
Is it just me or does anyone else feel a turnout of 10,000 to an anti-settlement freeze organized by the entire settler movement is a pathetic response? This symbolizes to me the marginalization of this movement politically at least on this issue. Unless of course, most settlers believe the freeze doesn’t harm their interests because it is so weak and ineffective.
As a critical progressive Zionist, this piece of lunacy really irked me:
Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika said to demonstrators that the prime minister must cancel the “Anti-Zionist” order to freeze settlement construction.
Not so fast, buster. Settlements do not constitute Zionism. In 1967 perhaps there was some romantic notion that settlements were the realization of the Jewish return to the ancestral homeland. But the blush has long since faded from that rose. Now settlements constitute colonialism and Occupation.
But Zionism? No. There is absolutely no reason why Zionism can’t be realized within 1967 borders and even in a state in which all citizens (including non-Jews ) are equal. That is my Zionism as it was the Zionism of Buber, Magnes and the Brit Shalom circle.