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The threat of (Jewish) terrorism

Israel’s number one journalist, Nahum Barnea of Yediot Aharonot, wrote the following today about the immediate prospects for violence in the West Bank as a result of the UN showdown::

“Surprising as it sounds, the IDF and Israel Police both figure that the greatest danger at the moment is not from the Palestinian side, but from the Jewish side. ‘Price tag’ operations by settler extremists are spreading. Eight mosques have been attacked in the last two weeks with no arrests of any culprits being made. The Shin Bet stands helpless in the face of these events. While the Palestinian leadership is calling for restraint, Jewish extremists are fanning the flames, which are liable to sweep thousands of Arabs up on both sides of the Green Line.

“This is the danger – and the failure. It is keeping senior security officials awake at night.”

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    1. Ben Israel

      Israel Harel in Ha’aretz noted that it is very stramge that with all the resources of the SHABAK and the police and full-scale encouragement of the political Left in Israel, the are unable to make any arrests. These are small groups of extremists, the SHABAK has been infiltrating them for years, there are advanced surveillance techniques yet they seem to be helpless. Seems rather odd, doesn’t it?

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    2. aristeides

      What’s odd? The fix is in. That’s not odd, that normal.

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    3. annie

      i wonder why they write ‘The Shin Bet stands helpless’? if they wanted to get to the bottom of it they could.

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    4. Ben Israel

      What “fix” are you talking about? Do you mean that someone at the highest rank of the gov’t wants things things to happen? And, if so, what is the political motivation?

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    5. Ex Israeli

      Israeli terrorism can also be seen Live from the UN (if you can bear to watch it).

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    6. Philos

      Of course the Shin Bet is at wits end. The entire edifice of the security organizations have been facing a crisis that senior leaders just refused to deal with. The specter of IDF officers, police officers and Shin Bet officers living in illegal settlements by ISRAELI LAW! This has been something each Ramatkal has brushed under the carpet since Oslo. It is hard to imagine any other military that would allow its officers to conduct themselves in violation of civil law in so blatant a way in any Western state. I can appreciate it if they live in Ariel but many live in illegal settlements. Furthermore, the demographic distribution between National Religious officers (some 40% of officers) and the overwhelming secular composition of the IDF (some 80% of all enlisted troops) is another problem that the IDF is cognizant of but refuses to address. The fact is, as Stephen from Bravheart says, “Father says he can vouch for me but you’re all fuu****d”

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    7. ToivoS

      Ben Israel, the “fix” is obviously the penetration of the security forces by the settlers at the lower levels. I thought this was generally understood inside Israel. It seemed clear to outsiders that something like this was happening within the last two years.

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    8. Terrorism has always been more of a psychological tool than anything else, a useful weapon in the armoury of both sides. It may cause the deaths of hundreds, even thousands in its various guises and its quarrel today involves millions and, perhaps ultimately, billions.
      But how can even billions defend against the threat posed by so few?

      As fire fights fire, so a new version of terror must be ignited to combat the old.

      But how can a supposedly civilised world ever condone more terror, even as the means of its elimination?

      Again, it must be stressed that terror is mostly psychological in its effect; the mind, not the body is the real target.

      So, what would scare a terrorist mind the most? What would scare him so much that he would abandon this technique and turn to more acceptable sources of persuasion?

      The ultimate fear that any terrorist must have is to find his own methods turned against him. If we are to prevail in this endeavour, then it would appear that we need to out-terror the terrorist. And just how do we do that?

      We must go to the opposite end of the terror spectrum and use what we find there. And what is to be found there? It could look something like this.


      There are many forms that terrorism can take. But perhaps the most terrifying of all is reserved only to us. If we ourselves become the terrorist, then who is there left that we must we fear?

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    9. Ben Israel

      I don’t think there is any evidence IDF officers are involved, but even if they were, the SHABAK would get on their tail. Don’t forget that Ha’aretz and other Leftist organs have been screaming for years there are too many religious soldiers (at the same time they claim there are too few Haredim in the IDF!) so the SHABAK would certainly investigate them. If there is a lack of effort, I would look in other directions. After all, who benefits when there are attacks like these?

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    10. Mitchell Cohen

      “Furthermore, the demographic distribution between National Religious officers (some 40% of officers) and the overwhelming secular composition of the IDF (some 80% of all enlisted troops) is another problem that the IDF is cognizant of but refuses to address.” [End of Philos] So, people on the one hand are p*ssed off that the religious (i.e. the Haredim) don’t serve in the IDF, but that too high a percentage of the religious (i.e. the dati leumi) are more motivated to serve then the general population and, thus, advance in the ranks at a much higher percentage than their overall percentage in the population. In other words, the religious should serve but be kept in their place!!!!

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    11. Ben Israel

      What you are essentially saying is that the anti-religious Left wants the religious soldiers to be their cannon fodder. Do the fighting, but stay out of the officer corps which should be reserved for them only.

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    12. Pelsar

      Ben Israel
      Speaking as one from the left (a simple combat solider, reservist)….you pretty much summed it up. Thats what we want, as ridiculous as it sounds. Thinking things through all the way to their consequences is not always done….

      But as far as the article goes, the “infiltration” of the religious in to the army officer corps to influence is hardly an original phenomenon. It was a stated goal many years ago by the “settlers”. its something the religious Pakistanis have done, the turks have done and now us to.

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    13. Mitchell Cohen

      @Pelsar, I have to at least give you one thing – at least you are honest. You are also right about one thing, it does sound ridiculous….

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    14. Pelsar

      @Mitchell, Since i have been active as zionist on “left” forums i have discovered that the left generally has a disconnect between what is wanted/wished and the consequences that follow. Infact the consequences are actually avoided as they have a tendency to contradict what the original intent was. Case in point, getting the haridi to enlist….the consequence of that once they have the numbers and influence would be major changes in the IDF culture, none of it to the secular lefts liking.

      my leftyiness is no longer so pure and naive

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