Imposing the law is insufficient - we need a referendum on the occupation - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ussishkin
    • 14.12.11 | 14:08 (IST)

    Since 1994 and the Shamgar Commission of Inquiry into the Goldstein Massacre the Government and the Settlers have partnered in the occupation. The biggest cost of that partnership is the erosion of the rule of the laws of the state in the West Bank and the undermining of our democracy. For as Settlers abide by the laws of the Torah and their individual interpretation by settlement-ghetto rabbis, they ignore the laws of the state and its democracy both within the occupation and in the Knesset and the cabinet. Shamgar who thought he'd laid down the laws in the occupied territories post 1967 was appalled to discover during the Goldstein Massacre Commission hearings, just how far those laws had been subverted and that was fully 17 years ago. Successive governments in their partnerships with the settlers have created a powder keg, one minor explosion of which occurred at the Ephraim Brigade base, and others have already happened with 'price-tag' attacks against Palestinians, mosques, Peace Now activists etc. There is really only one solution to stopping the keg blowing up in all our faces and it isn't merely imposing state law on the West Bank settlers. To assert the state's control over the occupation demands a referendum on its future and time table for its conclusion, where the majority of the people vote thus. What is clear now, or should be, is that that partnership with the settlers is over. The state can no longer allow itself to be challenged and threatened by those who call themselves citizens, abuse the benefits they grab and become another state as a result. They cannot be both citizens and settlers and we cannot permit this game to go on. It is either the state of Israel or the settlers - not both. And dreadful though this conclusion is, it is the only one, when the settlers tell us that they have the right to defend themselves...against the IDF!

    from the article: Israel must enforce law on West Bank settlers
    First published 02:44 14.12.11 | Last updated 02:44 14.12.11
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