By Ori Nir Extremist West Bank settlers and their sympathizers are vowing to violently resist Israeli government attempts to remove five illegally built houses at the West Bank settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah.
Today, settlers at Beit El violently attacked Israeli Defense Ministry contractors who came to survey the site, shortly after the Rabbi of Beit-El called for "self-sacrifice" in resisting government law-enforcement actions.
Settlers hurled stones at Defense Ministry sub-contractors who visited the Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood as part of preparations for an evacuation scheduled to be carried out by July 1. The contractors left the scene. There were no injuries.
Earlier on Wednesday, Beit El's rabbi Zalman Melamed called for counter measures as talks between the settlers and the government reached a deadlock. "We call on the public, Knesset members and Land of Israel faithfuls to join a determined struggle with devotion and willingness to make sacrifices."
Tongue-in-cheek, if our leftists tolerate Arab-thrown stones as legitimate non-violent protest action, well, what's the big deal. But, of course, that would be the easy way out. I do not support and campaign against any violent protest but urge adoption of n on-violent direct action (sit-ins, blocking roads, etc.).
The violence, actually, is a threat from another direction. Here:
Harel Cohen, the spokesman for MK Yaakov Katz and resident of the Ulpana neighborhood said, "There are no talks and the government has nothing to offer us. Obviously if 3,000 men in uniform, who we all know are quite violent, show up a massive clash could erupt."
After all, that's what happened at Amona. As the Hebrew idiom has it, "we've been to this movie already". And our left loves the term extremists. And Israel been itself extreme in dealing with extremists.
And getting back to Peace Now, where is the source for this:
vowing to violently resist ?
Maybe it is Peace Now that is getting extreme?