8 of the Second Month 5767
Well, apparently the "Homesh Return March Exceeds Expectations." As I far as I heard, through text messages and Internet updates, this event went off without a hitch.
Now, what I would like to know is... Why?
I did hear of a soldier or two soldiers being lightly injured, but I haven't bothered to look into this.
Even "members of the Likud party officially joined the march, sending four buses of activists." These buses and others were let through the road blocks. If you recall, a couple of years ago, similar buses were not let through the Elqanah (& other) road blocks, buses which were carrying Shomron residents to the Greater Tel-Aviv Area for programs of dialog with their fellow Jews and Israeli citizens.
So, buses were let through to allow residents to enter a usually forbidden, and now classified as a highly dangerous area, to celebrate Israeli Independence Day, an event which would no doubt upset and incite the local Yishma'elite (Arab) population. Yet, buses of Jews en route simply to talk to other Jews were not allowed through two years ago.
Here are some possible theories which I have gathered, along with my reactions to those theories:
Theory: The Yeshu* Council (AKA: Yesha Council) secretly worked out a deal with the government, allowing the event to place, even though it is not listed as an official sponsor, nor is the Shomron Regional Council.
Reaction: Although I certainly wouldn't put it past the Yeshu Council to make secret deals (it wouldn't be the first time), why would they? Out of the goodness of the members' hearts? I sincerely doubt it. Out of their undying devotion to ideology? ...WHAT ideology?
T: Israeli government officials felt that it would be better to ignore the Homesh event, rather that risk incurring negative publicity by trying to prevent it.
R: Nah! The government's just not smart enough to think this kind of thing through.
T: Jews talking face-to-face with other Jews is seen by the government as being more dangerous than Jews actually entering and hanging out on land surrounded by so-called PA Area A.
R: No doubt this theory holds true. The government has the protection of the leftist media's spin on what happens (or doesn't happen) at a so-called "right-wing" event like this. But, again, I refuse to believe that these government officials are smart enough to think this through.
Meanwhile,..."Dozens of Celebrating Jews Threatened by Israeli Arab Mob:"
(IsraelNN.com) An Arab mob of several thousand - including young men on horseback and others waving PLO flags - surrounded and threatened about 150 Jews from Haifa who went to a public forest to celebrate Israeli Independence Day. A Jewish young man was lightly injured in the ensuing clash. (read more....)
So, this begs the question...if the government wasn't trying to prevent the Homesh event from taking place, and did not appear to have any advanced intelligence information about the attack near Haifa,...what WAS the government doing on Yom Ha'Assma'uth?
Oh, what a minute...I just found out...:
MK Hendel: Investigate Army's Behavior in Homesh
by Hillel Fendel, 9 Iyar 5767, April 27, '07
(IsraelNN.com) Former Gush Katif resident MK Tzvi Hendel (NRP/National Union) has asked the Chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to investigate what he calls the army's "scandalous behavior" towards thousands of people who marched to Homesh on Independence Day....
...several examples of improper IDF treatment towards the marchers: "Not allowing drinking water to get through to the people, including women and children; prevention of medical treatment to marchers who fainted - even though there were ambulances on the spot; security and safety dangers when the marchers returned by foot from Homesh during the night, being forced to walk by four hostile Arab villages - with the IDF refusing to allow any form of transportation or protection...." (read more...)
Oh, good. I feel so much better now that I know the Israeli army is functioning in its usual manner, being directed by the usual suspects in the government.
I was getting worried for a moment (sic.)
* "Yesha" is an acronym for "Yehudah, Shomron, v'Azza." Now that there isn't any "Azza," the acronym could read "YeShV" or more grammatically correct in Hebrew, "YeShU." "YeShU" also happens to be the acronym for "Yemakh Shemo WeZikhro" (May his/its name and memory be wiped out).
Coincidence? You do the math.