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Why Gush Katif Still Matters

Posted by Glezele Vayne on August 17, 2010

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Opinion piece by: Moshe Dann

The expulsion of 10,000 Jews from their homes five years ago was not a localized event in the Gaza Strip and Northern Shomron. It was a national implosion, a national disgrace. It caused enormous physical, psychological, social, cultural, military and strategic damage to the entire nation – and it still does. Like an ecological disaster, its foulness still seeps through our foundations, and continues to poison us.

Undermined by enforcing a political agenda, the entire political system, the media and judicial institutions refused to act responsibly. Basic civil and human rights of Jews were abandoned. Those responsible for welfare and proper compensation misled and lied; led by SELA, the Disengagement Authority, our country was in denial.

Our own political leaders, along with many spiritual leaders – those for whom we voted, in whom we trusted – failed to organize and prevent this catastrophe. Ministers who disagreed were fired; public debate was suppressed.

The Knesset was impotent and negligent; they did not insist on proper procedures, to which all citizens are entitled; and no one was held accountable.

Our IDF, in which we and our children serve, in which we believed, were brainwashed and turned into zombies; those who refused to participate were heavily punished — a misuse of the IDF which was illegal and immoral.

The media protected Arik Sharon and those who planned, organized and carried out the pernicious plan because they agreed with his agenda. The perpetrators were even honored and promoted. Military and strategic advisers who disagreed with Sharon remained silent in order to keep their positions.

We believed that those we elected, and the institutions of government were fair and honest. We were wrong.

The expulsion and destruction of 25 Jewish communities is a symbol of national betrayal. The same toxic thinking led to the removal of Jewish communities from Sinai in 1982 and the Oslo Accords, which brought PLO terrorists to power and caused the slaughter of thousands of Jews, as well as the wounding of tens of thousands more. The product of corruption, deception, greed and arrogance, Disengagement is an example of cruel indifference and the abuse of power. We are still stuck there.

The Disengagement left a deep wound that will not heal, not only because lives and homes were destroyed, but because it was immoral, unjust and irrational. The knife of perfidy is still in our spiritual guts; it is an ongoing trauma of our neshama – not just the people who suffered physically and mentally, but a national deception. The Disengagement, Hamas and Hezbollah remind us, symbolizes not pride and victory, but our shame and defeat.

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Yesh Din v’Yesh Dayan

Posted by Glezele Vayne on July 22, 2010

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There is judgement and there is a Judge.

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The Last Kadish in Gush Katif

Posted by Glezele Vayne on July 21, 2010

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US Ducks Bush Support for Jewish Cities in Yesha

Posted by Glezele Vayne on June 3, 2009

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by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

(IsraelNN.com) The U.S. State Department Tuesday refused to state whether the Obama administration will honor a promise by the previous government that Israel will retain sovereignty over large Jewish areas in Judea and Samaria, in the event that a new Palestinian Authority state is created.

Then-President George W. Bush wrote former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2004, “In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion.”

Sylvie Lucas, President of the Economic and Social Council, charged that the refusal of the United States to state whether it is backing the commitment is problematic because “we are continually calling, for example, on the Palestinians – all factions of the Palestinians – to abide by the commitments that previous Palestinian governments have made. And yet you stand at that podium unwilling to declare whether or not the United States feels obligated to abide by the commitment that a previous United States government made.”

The question of whether U.S. President Barack Obama will honor the letter was raised at the State Department’s daily press briefing last week. Spokesman Ian Kelly replied, “That’s an excellent question…and I’ll get you the information on that.”

Spokesman Robert Wood dodged the issue Monday but was cornered on Tuesday by Lucas, who verbally sparred with him. [Questions and answers on the letter are located at 29 minutes after start of video.]

Wood repeatedly answered Lucas, “What I tried to say yesterday, and I’ll try and say it again today, is that we are working with the two parties to implement their Roadmap obligations….We’ve been extremely clear about that.”

Pressed by Lucas, who asked, “So it means you are not bound by this letter?” Wood replied, “What I said, Sylvie, was we are working with the two sides to help them implement their Roadmap obligations.”

Lucas tried again: “Why don’t you want to say if you are bound or not? I don’t understand.”

Wood: “I’m saying what I’m saying.”

Lucas: Well, you are not answering.” As others at the session laughed out loud, she asked, “I don’t understand why you don’t want to say it.”

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