They were the first to realize whom they are dealing with.
By Shoshi Greenfeld
The method used by the totalitarian regime in Israel is thus: he who endangers the regime is pushed to the margins, and he is branded as a radical and an extremist to make him a legitimate target.
The regime is aided by the Yesha councils, by Rabbis, and others from the system in order to mark those likely to endanger it as radical or extremist. Recall for example the article by Rabbi Benny Lau at the time of the expulsion: "small foxes are damaging our vineyards." Thus he called those who block roads.
And lo and behold, in a film making the rounds of the internet recently, which shows the leaders of the expulsion, we learn that those "radicals" and "extremists" are precisely the ones who are capable of stopping the criminal acts of the regime. In the above film, the expulsion heads note that if they had not put up roadblocks and prevented the protestors from reaching Neveh Dekalim, the expulsion might have failed. They further declare that they made use of people from within the orange camp in order to facilitate the expulsion.
The people of Yitzhar are not extremist or radicals; they simply are the first to wake up and realize whom they are dealing with, i.e. with the same Cossacks and skull-bashers whom we observed at Amona. There is no other way to describe those who received orders to strike the heads of passive, unarmed, citizens, and carried out their assignment cruelly and to the letter. The responsibility for the outrage rests evenly on those who gave the orders and those who carried them out.
Since the regime has realized that the people of Yitzhar, in particular, threaten it and its ability to carry out the convergence plan, it has unleashed against them a campaign of vicious incitement, which is intended to declare open season on them, to justify confiscating their weapons, an act which would endanger their lives, in order to paralyze any resistance that might jeopardize the continued rule of the criminal regime.
A petition in favor of Yitzhar is attached. More than that, it's important to understand that they are not extremists or radicals, but simply people who have seen reality and stared it in the face. Showing support to the people of Yitzhar by the public would prevent the shedding of their blood.
The strange facts that were revealed in a letter from the legal forum to the chief of staff and to the IDF spokesman raise many questions with regard to the occurrences in Yitzhar and to the participation of the IDF in vicious incitement. In addition, it should give one second thoughts of joining a system with ethical codes such as these.
Here are some of the facts: in the attack, a terrorist entered Kabila from the village of Assyra on Saturday morning at approximately 6:30 and approached the house in the Shalhevet neighborhood near the settlement and set fire to it. After that, the terrorist attempted to kill a 9 year-old boy by first stabbing him and then throwing him from a balcony at a height of 5 meters; he then left the settlement and returned to his village.
It turns out that the terrorist was observed by soldiers at a nearby observation post throughout the entire incident. The soldiers didn't lift a finger to stop the terrorist, not on his way to the settlement and not on his return trip from it. The officers of central command did not order their forces to chase after the terrorist, nor did they make any effort to detain him.
Throughout the Sabbath, the commanders of central command slandered the residents of Yitzhar in "anonymous interviews" to the media as a result of the residents' efforts to demonstrate and make clear that their lives are not expendable, and that if the IDF will not protect them, they will be forced to do so by themselves and with their own resources. The central command officers not only equated the 2 incidents, the terrorist attack and the residents reaction, an absurd and illegitimate comparison, but deliberately poured oil on the fire of media incitement against the settlers.
In connection to the above, the IDF spokesman released a statement on 9/14/08. There is no reference in this statement to the terrorist attack in which a Jewish boy was almost killed and the house of a family set afire by an Arab terrorist. There is in this statement by the IDF spokesman a clear political message conveying defamation of the settlers. This policy is an example of the unbearable politicization of military service in the IDF.