Misuse of the army - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Adam Bennett
    • 18.08.05 | 10:32 (IDT)

    I am very glad that someone has written an insightful article not about the road that we are taking, but about the way we are traveling down that road. How often have you heard it said that life isn't just about the path you have taken, but its about whether you take the time to taste what's on the path. In this case, haste has made for poor consideration of the consequences, not the outcome, which is certain. I agree that the use of forces whose purpose has traditionally been combat against the very citizens who fund this army is ultimately, anyway you look at it, a black eye upon us. The lack of a wall of separation between the job description of conscripts and police can lead to the cynical manipulation of the army by other countries, such as the United States pressuring Israel. We have all seen how precedents are often followed by requests, and none of us should be surprised if it later posited, well Mr. Sharon, why don't you have the Israeli army evacuate more Jewish "settlements" or do this or that. Well, there is now no wall of separation that can be cynically manipulated by Israel to diffuse this rather grim outcome or request. The no will have to come from the prime minister and not the army. It would have been much wiser to at least pose the matter to the army for a decision so as at least to make the issue appear separated, so a formal military opinion can be on the record and the decision should have seemed not like a command, but a democratic outcome. I thank Mr. Ahrens for putting his wisdom on the record. Obviously, neither the IDF nor the government has thought through ALL of the implications of disengagement. We Jews tend to forget about these issues when the matter is dear, conflicting, or painful to us, but sometimes as we see here objective perspectives often provide oft important insights that have been overlooked.

    from the article: Misuse of the army
    First published 00:00 16.08.05 | Last updated 00:00 16.08.05
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