Monday, August 15, 2005

How can you not but cry with them?

From a recently-published JPost article:

in an emotional standoff, Colonel Erez Tzukerman, head of the Golani Brigade, hugged and cried together with the Morag settlers of in an effort to persuade them to evacuate voluntarily before Wednesday, when the forced evacuation was slated to begin.

"We didn't come here to clash with you, but to offer assistance and to help you, the people we once protected and worked hand in hand with," a teary-eyed Tzukerman called out to a crowd of several hundred anti-disengagement activists gathered at the entrance to the southern settlement.

A young man suddenly emerged from the crowd with tears streaming down his face and called out to the senior officer, "I was an officer under your command, you taught me what it was to be an officer and protect the Israeli people. We are not your enemy but you have turned us into your enemy. Just six months ago, I was wearing an army uniform and serving side by side with you."

Tzukerman then wrapped his arms, in a tight bear hug, around the former subordinate, evoking cries of anguish and sadness from the crowd.

Tzukerman told the crowd that he loved them and that he felt that the settlers of Morag were a part of this nation and always would be. "All of the officers are here and we are together on this day in a display of our love and affection to offer you help and assist you during this difficult time."

The crowd then broke out singing Hatikva and together with the soldiers sang the national anthem.

And yet, what's Tzukerman's love for? He's not there to "display his love and affection to offer help and assist." If he and his soldiers would've taken on the Palestinians that ruthlessly attacked the residents and soldiers, the attacks that "necessitated" the pullout in the first place, then he would have "displayed his love and affection and offered help and assistance." Now, it's too late. He's not showing his love or support, he's merely following orders.


Blogger Eli7 said...

I really don't think that's fair at all. It is not the army's fault that this is happening and to lay blame on them is taking blame away from the Palestinian terrorists - where the blame should be.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Yes, the blame for not being able to live in houses and neighborhoods they have inhabited for thirty years should be directed at the Palestinians for making the area so dangerous.

Nonetheless, I think it's fair to blame the IDF-perhaps not Tzukerman himself but the higher echelons-for not confronting the terrorism that was coming out of Gaza until the catastrophic attacks last spring that provided the momentum for the disengagement.

Displays of "love" for the residents of Gaza while you're telling them you'll be back in two days to forcibly remove them from their homes seems a bit hollow to me.

11:16 AM  

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