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    • Tosefta
    • 10.08.07 | 18:27 (IDT)

    "The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing" - Oscar Wilde Ziffer the well-known cynic does not understand politics. As a media person he thinks everything should be evaluated according to its show value. But the Hebron situation is tragically more than a mere show. According to Ziffer, the whole Hebron situation is based on hypocricy. If the IDF so desires, it can stop protecting the Hebron settlers and then they will be gone. Because Israel is a democracy, the IDF is controlled by elected officials and not by a dictator. And political parties must think of public opinion and of the next election. Let it be remembered that a third of Israelis now support refusal of orders by soldiers to be involved in evacuations. This should indicate to Ziffer what might happen if the IDF simply withdraws from Hebron. It can be done, but the right moment must be found. Rabin could do it right after the Goldstein massacre when the Israeli public was stunned, but failed to seize the opportunity. There are real ideological drives beneath the surface, and they have to be dealt with wisely. Many settlements will have to go, including Hebron, but one needs a great moment for it, and a wise way of executing the operation.

    from the article: Hypocrisy in Hebron
    First published 00:00 10.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 10.08.07
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