"The settlers are competing with Palestinian terror as the number one threat to the quality of life and the future of our country. That kind of statement will, of course, be met with the same kind of stormy, insulted, self-righteous and pseudo-Zionist reaction in which the settler community specializes. But it's no exaggeration. The settlers' power is dangerous because it is does not emanate from the Israeli public. Most Israelis express consistent readiness to dismantle the settlements as part of a peace deal. One of the main achievements of the Yesha movement was to create a false connection between their settlement enterprise, and what was always presented as resilience, determination, genuine Zionism, and the emotional health of the nation. That's a distortion unmatched in its dimensions by any other Israeli movement." from "Settlements: The national danger", by Gideon Samet, Haaretz, 02/04/2003. "The endless war that the settlers are trying to impose on us, which they need like fire needs oxygen, is endangering our future and fanning the flames of a new wave of hatred against Jews in the Diaspora. In creating a colonial reality here, the settlers are impeding the normalization of Jewish life. No normal society can flourish in the oppressive conditions generated by the settlement enterprise. Ein Harod, Nahalal, the Jewish neighborhoods of Haifa and Jerusalem - these were the foundations of our national renaissance. Elon Moreh, Netzarim and Kiryat Arba are threatening to drown us." from "Post-Zionist settlement", by Professor Zeev Sternhell, Haaretz, 20/06/2003.
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