Monday, July 18, 2005

The March

Need I say more. Today is the start of the big march on Gush Katif. Tens of thousands of people, mostly teenagers will be walking for three days in the direction of the Gaza Strip to... Well, I'm really not sure. I don't think they want to go to the beach. I don't think that they think the government will see a lot of people walking, singing songs and dancing and change their minds. So if they don't think that it will change the government's mind, what will it do? Will it get previosuly undecided people to side with them? Somehow I don't see that happening.

In fact I feel that there is no goal.

We all know that Sharon is lying when he says he is not planning any more disengagements. We also must know who we are dealing with here. The butcher of Sabra and Shatila who now decided that right wing Jews can be butchered. That means he will not give orders and not prevent a bloodbath. The first time it happened a lot of Christian Arabs got killed. Will the army fire on right wing marchers? It's possible. It's pretty much a given that the first shot will be fired by a shabak man in right wing clothing. The question is will he shoot in the air or shoot to kill a poor soldier who is frightened to death of being there?

Speaking of shabak, does anyone know where Avishai Raviv is these days? I haven't heard his name recently and I know he hasn't been tried yet for his role in killing the prime minister. I guess when the Prime Minister orders you to get people to try to kill him then it is hard to put the guy on trial for at least knowing it was happening, like they did to Yigal Amir's girlfriend.

When it all comes down to it though, there really is nothing to do to protest. Making this seem like the holocaust is a nice circus act that is meant to stun, but it won't change anybody's minds. The rosh yeshiva in maalot said that this disengagement is actually symbolic of the real disengagement that has already happened in Israel. Between Jews and Jews. With chilonic jews having nothing to do with datiic jews, and both sides hating the chareidim. He feels that we should make like 7th Day Adventists and knock on people's doors and say hi. I wasn't at the talk, but I agree with him that this is a very important step in the right direction. We need to connect with Jewish people on a personal level, instead of disconnecting from all people who aren't religious or as religious as we are.

After they see and feel the love that we bring forth they will decide on their own to emulate us. After our children play with their children, and we BBQ together we be able to engage them in conversation. Only after we converse will they be able to ask questions. Only after they decide to be shomer torah and mitzvos, we can bring the mashiach and live in our land under our law with our temple and our God.


BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Since I am unable to sleep, I might as well comment on your post.

With my father's recent death, it is easy to see the world through the eyes of gloom and doom. For a Jew, with our history, of on-going persecution and desctruction, the conclusion is even easier to make. But let us try, if at all possible, to keep our thinking on a positive note. Although I am not a Biblical nor historical scholar, I know that although Jews can turn philosophically against one another quite easily, the taking of a Jew's blood by force, is quite a different matter.

My heart goes out to you and your pain, I know this is a difficult time for many Israelis who believe that Sharon's policies are not a true step towards peace.

I will watch with an eye from a distance, and a prayer from the heart.

DAG said...

Sharon had nothing to do with sabra and shatila...

rockofgalilee said...

That's what we said when he was on our side.

DAG said...

as angry as you are at him, it isnt any less true now!

rockofgalilee said...

I am not angry at him.
I am merely calling names.

I am angry at the so-called religious zionists who gave him their support and idolazation for so many years. Taking a person with no religious basis who happened to be on their political side and turning him into a hero is unforgivable.

DAG said...

Which religous person would you have advised be a general and PM?

DAG said...
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rockofgalilee said...

First, there is certainly no shortage of religious people who are qualified for either post.

Second, there is a difference between acceptance and support vs idolization. I was at a number of rallies where the national religious were the one's screaming "bibi, mlech yisroel" or "Arik, melech yisroel." To say we're going to support you because you are doing what we want, but we don't agree with you in general is a lot different then sending all your teens to their rallies showing that we fully support them.

DAG said...

I don't fully support any politician......but tell me, who are the many religous people qualified for the post?

rockofgalilee said...

Effie Eitam
Yaacov Amidror
Tzvi Tal
To mention 3 military and legal leaders who were also religious.

Second the national religious movement didn't specifically breed people for those positions. They never tried to raise a candidate for prime minister. I think that was a large mistake.