Moments to remember
Intimacy. Channel 2's Moshe Nussbaum ran a caressing hand over the head of Roni Ohana, commander of the Border Police in the south. "You wear a skullcap," he said, "and they call you a traitor. What does this do to you?" It is hard to imagine an American correspondent doing the same to an officer in the Marines.
Kitsch. A Kfar Darom family, after soldiers broke into their house following hours of failed attempts at persuasion, invited the cameras in, sat down at the table and began singing "Happy Birthday" to young Emunah, perched on her mother's knee. The father declared: "As you see, by chance we're having a birthday party." Just by chance.
Subjective psychology. Dana Weiss and Danny Kushmaro were justifiably outraged by the settlers' exploitation of their children, who were exposed to painful sights. Dr. Yaakov Dafna, a psychologist from the College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel, responded: "They asked the children. Children who wanted to leave were evacuated." Evidently, psychology is also a function of geography.
Subjective journalism. Channel 2's Roni Daniel was furious at Arye Yitzhaki, who barricaded himself in his house, armed with an M-16 rifle, and expelled soldiers from "his" territory. "This necessitates a legal response," Daniel declared. He then added: "It takes a lot of hypocrisy for the residents to say that the infiltrators came against their [the residents'] will. They brought them in themselves!"
Ambivalence. Emanuel Rosen on the police's behavior: "Major General Uri Bar-Lev's tears are a huge compliment to the police's performance. It's too bad we couldn't see them being this sensitive at other events." The comparison was justified - but not the praise.
Missed opportunity. For hours, Channel 2 followed preparations for the evacuation of the Neveh Dekalim synagogue closely. But when the police finally broke in, Channel 2 was not there: Its viewers were watching a deodorant commercial. The same thing happened to Channel 1 when police broke into the synagogue at Kfar Darom: This occurred during the public service announcements that precede the station's "Erev Hadash" program.
Controversy. Emanuel Rosen defined the struggle waged by settlers barricaded in the synagogue against the soldiers as "passive resistance." Shelly Yachimovich, on a rival station, thought they were "really hitting [them]." Former police commissioner Shlomo Aharonishky agreed with her. So did the cameras.