Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Homesh Big Story

New York Times has it, it seems, on its front page with a slide show as well.


The take:

The reoccupation, even temporarily, of a destroyed Jewish settlement deep in the West Bank, near Jenin, is an open challenge to a weak Israeli government. How it plays out will be viewed by Palestinians as a sign of whether Israel intends to keep its pledges, or whether settlement activity will continue to proceed unhindered, despite Israel’s promises to halt it.

“We are not here to cry,” said Batya Danziger, 16, one of the many teenagers who took part in the effort to reach the now desolate Homesh. “We are here to live and build it back up again.”

The groups organizing the march were not connected to the mainstream settler leadership known as Yesha, which did not endorse the march.

If the settlers succeed in gaining a new foothold in Homesh, which, since disengagement, has been a closed military area, some observers say it would be in keeping with the settlers’ history of success in defying government orders to eventually get their way.

“They are taking initiative so that they can determine the agenda,” said Dror Etkes, of the Israeli group Peace Now, which monitors settler activity. “It exposes the total cowardice of the government, that they have no direction.”

“It’s in the spirit of the settler movement to do, not to just talk,” Mr. Avrhamov said. “If you stick to only being realistic, nothing will ever move.”

Seems, thought, that it's just the NYT's agenda to highlight the issue of YESHA.

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