Its started, smoke, cries and mayham. In these hours troops have enterd the settlements of Morag, Tel Katifa and Neve Dekalim and the live images are showing the sites providing great material for the local news channels. Long rows of soldiers are entering these settlements, garbage bins that were set a light have been put out and the young activists have run into the houses and built structures.
It’s a huge operation and for the army a very difficult one. Some describe this as the largest non combat task they have had to face. The soldiers, young 18-21 year old kids facing a traumatic task today. The Cries of “please don’t throw me out of my house”, “we have no where to go”, “you can do this to us”, “traitor”, “killer” will remain with some them for a while. It’s never going to be easy – moving people from their home.
Some weaker links in the army did break, a senior level commander (Rabbi in the army) while on duty faced troops and asked them to disobey and not remove the demonstrators from their homes. He was demoted to the level of Private.
There are some very sad stories in the seperation and for the most part there are 2 groups here. The real thing, the people who have honestly built their home in the settlements and who are now leaving after years of living there. You can argue that they were pawns in a political grand plan, some names come to mind, Bibi Netanyahu (the future prime minister) is one of them, never the less, they are the real residents and the people who’s heart is breaking today. Overall, about 60% of the settlers are estimated to have so far moved whithin the time they were given and with the assistance of the army. Each family leaving before the cut off day gets a financial settlement of $300,000.
The other group is being described as “infiltrators” (AKA. Shit Disturbers), are the people that are looking for a purpose in life, people who have travelled sometimes all the way from the US just to come here and attack Israeli soldiers. These are people who up until a couple of months couldn’t find Neve Dekalim with a guided tour. These people are actually so unfamiliar with the territory, that army troops have to watch them as they run off, in fear they end up in Gaza and in the hands of an angry mob. These are the people you’ll see in the news in the next days, these youngsters with lots of energy, misguided and angry. There might be some uglu scenes and you can be sure they be around when those happen, likely chearing them on.
I lived in Eilat when the first major seperation was at hand in Sinai. Leaving a home and especially as beautiful as the one people had in Sinai (one of my favourite spots in the world) is very difficult. Was it worth it? Maybe, yes… But that’s not the question.
We are a country of law and order. Unlike the countries and regimes around us we are a democracy. We choose our political leaders and we vote for what we consider is right and in our best interest. True we have some pretty poor quality political leaders – but damn it, that’s all we have. Regardless, we need to obey the laws of the land or this country, as a whole, will not be worth a damn. Individuals, even thousands of them can not determine and turnover the lawful and legitamate majority rule and government of the land.
But that’s just me.