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Israel, A Nation Lost

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A prospective juror who is a priori prejudiced will, as a matter of course, be dismissed from serving on a jury pool. Many use this knowledge to be excused from jury service. Israel finds herself in the most peculiar position of always being found guilty before deliberations even begin. The World, itself Judge and Jury, stands and applauds: the harsher the treatment, the stronger the clapping.

Israel's Prime Minister decided to freeze all construction within Jewish settlements for ten months. This created an uproar, first because of the manner which it was done (decided in a cabinet meeting and implemented as a military decree), second because of damage it inflicts on those who entered into contracts and will now have to bear the consequences of a ten month freeze and third because it is a meaningless, petty attempt to appease foreign powers.

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There are those who claim the decision, backed by some of the more respected members of the coalition government like Dr. Beny Begin, son of the late Menachem Begin, is an attempt at deception. They state that in order to divert attention from other, more pressing issues, noise is being created. Even if the supposition of psychological warfare is correct, there are unintended consequences.

Others -- mostly among our enemies -- raise the argument that the so-called freeze was designed to mislead the world. Interestingly, not only those on the left are up in arms. Those on the right are at least as livid. They, however, are those subjugated to this new decision.

To "break the freeze," a massive demonstration was scheduled at Paris Square in Jerusalem, in front of the Prime Minister's residence. Under the heading "In spite of all, we will continue to build and blossom!" Israelis were called to participate. Organized transport was arranged from dozens of cities around Israel at a much-reduced price.

Various organizations, from the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council, Bnei Akiva movement and others joined forces to explain that the Yesha Building Freeze amounts to:

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Silent Expulsion of thousands of Jewish citizens from their homes

Shameful capitulation to American demands

Foundation stone for a Palestinian state

Collapse of ideology, trampling of human rights.

For those not convinced, they quoted Benyamin Netanyahu's own words: "Freeze is the code word for destruction."

How is it that a "right wing government" headed by "right winger" Netanyahu would follow such a path? How is it that only right wing governments, never left, are those that have brought about peace (for instance under the late Menachem Begin with Egypt)? Why are right wing governments those willing to sacrifice most, even for the prospects of an elusive peace?

The protests from right and left may have surprised Netanyahu in their intensity. If indeed the move is designed to camouflage another activity (for instance preparation for a strike against Iran), the protests add to the artificial fire. However, the supposition may be mistaken altogether and all indications are leading to conclude this is indeed the case.

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Just two days ago, the Prime Minister's Office published a list of cities that will be included in the National Priority Map, thus eligible for tax incentives and other monetary benefits and for substantial assistance. "Settlements" in Judea and Samaria with 120,000 residents were included to "compensate" for the freeze.

In one move, Netanyahu managed to inflame the situation, raising the already burning flames many stories high. A new national debate started. This debate does not concern me, since it is devoid of any ideological substance and centers on money allocations and self benefit.

The move, however, sparked a new reproach of the Jewish State. The European Union led by Sweden is convening its organizations to see how to respond. A verbal reprimand was already issued. More steps are expected.

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Ari Bussel is an activist with a deep passion and commitment to truth. His continuous fact-finding missions to the Middle East to secure truthful and factual information about the status of the situation are disseminated to a worldwide audience (more...)

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