Rebellion and Re-engagement:
Can we reconcile our many religious, communal and ethnic identities with the more modern idea of statehood?
settler rebels have declared a ‘state of war’
against the government of
It was the political and religious mentors who were behind the massive infiltration into the Gaza Strip, which did not halt disengagement but made it more painful; behind the determination to make life for the soldiers and policemen involved in disengagement that much more difficult and distasteful; and in urging settlers caught in last-minute personal dilemmas to come down on the side of intransigence, to their eventual detriment. The pain caused by the settlers has failed to prevent the disengagement; have they lost more? They once had a considerable base of support; have they lost the respect of the majority of Israelis? If so have they made it easier rather than harder to close down other settlements?
Orthodoxy may sympathize with the settlers,
but they have rejected this state of war against the elected government
Jewish State. Both the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of
The soldiers and police did most of their task with heart-rending gentleness; they have shown a tolerance in the face of resistance that is simply foreign to soldiering. With one hand a soldier grasps the leg of a settler being carried to the bus; a second hand is tenderly placed on the head to make sure his kippa doesn't fall off. When one fell the soldier stopped and picked it up and put it back on his head. Soldiers hug the extremists cursing them. Given the passive and active violence incurred the mental preparation given the evacuating forces was clearly very impressive. Despite the noise, trauma and violence they also accomplished the task planned for six weeks in one week.
Some of the residents make a ceremonial tear in their clothes and the stated the prayer to the eternal Judge, as if in mourning for a death, and left. Some on foot, others wish to be carried by the soldiers so as not to look submissive. “We will not forget, and we will not forgive."
Gen. Yiftah Ron Tal was the top officer Kfar
Darom on Thursday when his soldiers were injured. His son,
grandson were settlers sitting in Shirat Hayam that same morning. He
think the pain here is not just personal pain, it is general pain, I
everyone is my son. We are all from the same side in
For the religious Zionist community, this withdrawal is a theological disaster; it is an implosion of their mental universe. The national fabric of Israelism is being torn; how soon it will be repaired is difficult to know.
claim that the Settler movement chose to make
the disengagement as ugly as possible to make further disengagement and
process impossible. Will they succeed? There will be further
of a smaller scale. It is unlikely that there would be other large
to be evacuated; the large settlements will remain in Israeli hands,
behind the security fence. The smaller ones west of the security fence
leave voluntarily or be evacuated.
have already seen settler violence against
Palestinians, was it provoke Palestinian counter violence? (What is
that the Palestinians did not react violently.) The disengagement tone
unfortunately has been set by the extremists. Given that the Yesha
Sharon and his ‘bulldozer’ tactics they must have known that could not
rift between the upholders of a democratic
the Yesha leaders trying to generate a messianic
and more religious
Some begun even before the disengagement ended.
Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, head of one hesder yeshiva (students who study and accept Army service) of Petah Tikvah said we must ‘stop speaking in terms of absolute right and start seeking the widest possible national consensus on the important issues, including the Land of Israel, the Jewish people and Jewish identity.’ After the disengagement he stated the need to consider that perhaps the validity of the redemption narrative itself needs to be reassessed. "We cannot allow ourselves to view reality as another `complication' in the process of redemption, as something that we didn't succeed in and that we'll surely succeed in the next time. We need to reexamine the basic assumptions."
Schneller, who served for four years as the
secretary-general of Yesha said the national religious community must
some lessons from disengagement. It must expand its agenda to include
just the question of the
week after the disengagement Rabbi Haim Druckman,
the head of the Bnei Akiva yeshivot and a major disengagement foe drew
conclusion that "a bad government of
Ravitzky, an Orthodox Professor of Jewish
Thought at the
Rafi Peretz anti the disengagement from the settlement
of Atzmona stated “My left hand doesn't fight my right". Rabbi Aharon
recently stated "one has to obey every letter of the Bible, but also
to obey every letter of the law of the land" (quoted by Hirsch Goodman
the disengagement proved is that the State of