Sunday, November 19, 2006

A Mention Here ("Columnist, Blogger, Pundit")

Another mention in an article here:-

Beginning at least a decade ago, the national religious camp, the hard core Zionist and Orthodox ideology prevalent among the settler movement, launched a concerted drive to increase their profile in the military.

"There is a major sociological revolution that has gone on in the past decade or so that has placed the religious national youth in the forefront of the army," maintains Yisrael Medad, a settler columnist, blogger and pundit.

In the early 1990s, settler leaders established a pair of year-long prep-schools that combined religious study with military training.

The program has been wildly successful. Today there are 15 such schools and settlers now say they are disproportionately represented inside the army's officer corps and its most elite front line ranks.

Medad claims that one-third of all field commanders from the rank of lieutenant to captain are from the national religious camp, mostly settlers, a claim ridiculed by a professional army in which national service is compulsory.



I sent them this letter:-

I belatedly reviewed your story ("Settlers influence in Israeli army growing",) of the serving of Jewish revenants in the communities in areas not under Israeli sovereignty and read these words: "Perhaps the most trumped-up tale of Israeli heroism in Lebanon…As the story goes…". This is a bit of cruel writing.

"Trumped-up" possesses a negative connotation of unbelievability. Add to that the phrase "as the story goes" and you are clearly intimating that the facts are not facts. But the incident is indeed true. Why the pejorative semantics?

Yisrael Medad

(done at the instigation of RA)

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