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  •  Hate to say it, but one sided again... (7+ / 0-)

    even assuming it was not your intention.

    Your judgment:

    And so, in defiance of Netanyahu's government, the protest movement has announced that it will engage in mass rallies this weekend, determined to make sure the government knows that it can no longer use violence as a distraction.

    Yet from the report:

    The demand not to cancel the rallies was picked up by left-wing and right-wing Israelis alike; the former argued that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government should not be allowed to distract from the protests through an escalation on the Gaza front, while the latter were outraged by the notion of allowing a terrorist organisation to do away with a popular Israeli protest that didn’t yield to Israel’s own government.

    You give such short shrift to what the right wing argues, that arguably, in this case, may the more compelling reason why these protests will go on, particularly as people temporarily put aside the economic purpose for a candlelight vigil.

    Further, to believe the response against the terrorists was use of violence as "a distraction" further attests to the imbalance.  It is cynical in the manner it negates a state's right to act in self-defense by assuming it was done for improper purposes.

    Much like Norway, Israelis may wish to show a united front that they will not let the terrorists win.  In that vein, I think there is consensus, whereas defiance to the government may be secondary.

    A writer cannot prevent and is not responsible for the deliberate desire of some to distort his words. -- Eric Sevareid

    by citizen53 on Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 08:31:19 PM PDT

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