by Akiva at Mystical Paths
We're going to delve into a practical analysis briefly. The situation in Israel is critical, though somewhat existential. Surrounded by enemies on all sides who have figured out a way to hit and hurt, Israel is unwilling as well as pressured by the world to avoid taking the steps that would defend herself and/or prevent further attacks.
Instead, she'll allow herself, or pieces of herself, to be sacrificed so the Western nations can keep their oil suppliers happy and stable (as if Israel has anything to do with their stability).
But, some of her population is bleeding (S'derot and everything south of Ashdod). Some is nationalistic and insists on acting as if land actually matters. Some is national religious, and acts as if settling the Land of Israel actually matters. And some just cares about the Land of Israel.
The rest, which is the 'silent majority'? They're just going about their lives, and as long as terrorist incidents remain 'low' and missile attacks remain outside where 70% of the population lives, hey, out of sight out of mind.
So what to do about those annoying segments that actually care? This isn't speculation, we'll define exactly WHAT WAS DONE starting with the Rabin government and continuing through the expulsion of Gush Katif...
1. Minimize the voice. No media reports. No government offices dispatched. Welcome to what's happening in S'derot. How many rockets this week, how many people hurt this month? I don't know, no reports IN ISRAEL.
2. Delegitimize. News reports focus on "crazy" settlers, "innocent" palestinians, "blockages to peace". Every investigative government agency investigates, they're is always something to find wrong, highlight it.
3. Organize trouble. Take the community trouble makers and let them run free. Have "friends" conveniently hand them trouble making resources. Make sure to have other "friends" nearby who are capturing information (video/audio) to make the evening news.
4. Make the community question itself, make the rest of the nation question the community. Take all the above together and you rob a community of it's voice, you divide it as some say it's gone overboard, and you make it considered either crazy, a laughing stock, or dangerous, by the rest of the nation.
This is not speculation, this is the program run several times in the past in Israel. As Jerusalem comes on the table and tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands stand to lose their homes, and murderers are to be brought within range of 90% of the Israeli population, you can be sure such tactics are already in progress.
You'll note that almost every Israeli commentor found the situation regarding Rabbi Nati to be completely plausible and in line with PAST Israeli internal events. A few Americans wish to believe that such things must be paranoia or a scam of some sort. Those same people, however, probably scream about the lost rights due to the US Patriot Act and other similar security measures the US has taken. Yet when they see the results of such things in action, they fail to grasp it.
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