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June 26, 2005

The Headline Says It All

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"The moderates keep mum" is the headline of Ha'aretz's Week's End feature Friday, about the attitude of religious kibbutzniks towards the disengagement plan.

In the mind of Ha'aretz writer Daniel Ben Simon, who are the "moderates"? The subhead says it all:

The religious kibbutz movement is torn between opponents of the disengagement and its supporters. At the once-moderate kibbutz Ein Tsurim, many oppose the pullout--and its supporters are keeping a low profile.

If the "moderates" are "keep[ing] mum," and disengagement "supporters" are "keeping a low profile," ergo disengagement supporters are the moderates.

So, what does that make a substantial block of the Israeli public--at least a third--which opposes the disengagement plan? Extremists?

Daniel Ben Simon further delegitimizes and isolates the substantial portion of the Israeli public which opposes Sharon's plan when he writes:

A few months ago the two worldviews [on the kibbutz] clashed. This happened when tens of thousands of settlers linked themselves into a human chain from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

But it wasn't just settlers which formed the human chain. As Joseph Berger of the New York Times reported on July 26, 2004:

The demonstrators included many of the almost 240,000 settlers of the West Bank and Gaza, and also secular and Orthodox Israelis from around the country.

Posted by TS at June 26, 2005 03:55 AM

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The headlines speak louder.

Posted by: Felix Mitchell at December 12, 2017 09:18 AM

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