Moshe Arens is a hawk who doesn?t like the disengagement, that is his right. Therefore anything he finds will be used to argue against it. Now, after decades of IDF rule over a civilian population, IDF planned and executed house demolitions, IDF organized disruption of the private lives of millions, IDF executed murder ('targeted killing'), IDF executed kidnapping ('administartive arrest), the former minister of Defense Moshe Arens all of a sudden discovers that this isn?t democratic, he thinks it is even draconic! He knoddingly quotes Tom Ridge, who ?correctly- said that, more then as a legal or security issue, making an army control and arrest civilians is something that goes against our democratic instinct, our most basic values as a human being. It saddens me to see an intelligent man like Moshe Arens becoming the champion of democracy only when his own friends are the victims. It saddens me even more that Israeli public debate is separating the treatment of (Jewish) Israelis from the treatment of (non Jewish) non Israelis. Somehow it is taken as self evident that democratic rules are for Israelis only, and to Palestinians apply totally different rules (a borderline racist mentality: higher law for the western, more intelligent person and barbaric law for the people that are worth less, who don't understand anything else but an iron fist, etc) In a modern, self-respecting democracy that Israel claims to be, basic democratic instincts should be something that is felt the same along the whole political spectrum and that should be a minimum in all cases, even dealing with hostile people, whether they are your own or foreigners. (Even US hardliners like Tom Ridge feel this fundamental democratic principle as self-evident) Sadly, these basic instincts do not generally exist in Israel, only among some leftist intellectuals who aren?t taken serious in the public discourse. As a major violator of the most basic democratic principles, Arens is the last person we can take serious in the present discussion.
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