Right Wing Lunatics
Posted on March 8th, 2011
There may be those who read CTY who have labeled me “right-wing.”
Afterall, I do not believe that the formation of a Palestinian State that wants to blow up my house would be a good thing. Perhaps I am “right-wing” since I do not believe that throwing people out of legally built houses is such a great idea. Or maybe the reason that I am “on the right” is that I have made it clear that I don’t believe the trading of 10,000 Jewish residents of Gaza was worth the 10,000 rockets that we received in return.
All this is true, so maybe I am a “right-winger.” But when I read with disgust the actions of the lunatics who also fall under the term, I feel I have to speak up. Let no one think that all of us settlers or right-wingers agree with the extremists who usually speak in our names. Case in point: This Rabbi’s call for settlers to shoot at Israeli solidiers.
If he was a Palestinian, he would already be in jail.
It goes along with the attempts of others last week to block major Israeli intersections. There was even a group who stood in the train tracks and said they were trying to block the train to Tel Aviv. Yeah, smart. That’s a great way to get your point across.
Don’t misunderstand, I am all in favor of protest against government decisions that I believe are against Israel’s best interests. Rallies, marches, mass vigils — these are all critical to drawing attention to your arguments. But shooting at young Israeli men and women in uniform? Shooting at our own kids?
Are you guys really nuts?
Actually, the only thing that actions such as these do is make everyone else in Israel just want to wash their hands of settlers and settlements as quickly as possible. Even if they don’t think that taking down settlements will lead to peace, they are getting sick of the ridiculous extremism on the right. You know what? I don’t blame them.
The main thing that we tell the world that differentiates Israel from its enemies is the fact that we are a Democracy, a nation of laws. But when a segment of the population declares that neither laws nor decisions of a democratically elected government need to be followed, we have just compromised our moral standing.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do not believe that a majority or even a significant minority of settlers believe we should start shooting at soldiers. But like the handful of haredim who harass women and throw stones at cars on shabbat, this minority misrepresents whole communities. This IS how more and more people perceive the right.
So as a settler whose views on the Israeli political spectrum are “right-wing,” I must stand up and say that I reject the actions of these extremists. They are hurting our efforts to retain territory and weaken, rather than strengthen the Jewish claim to Judea and Samara.
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