“There was never the slightest reason for Israel to send in the army to remove these settlers. The entire operation could have been managed, without the melodrama necessary for a media frenzy, by providing them with a fixed date on which the IDF would withdraw from inside the Gaza Strip. A week before, all the settlers will quietly have left with no TV cameras, no weeping girls, no anguished soldiers, no commentators asking cloying questions of how Jews could remove other Jews from their homes, and no more trauma about their terrible suffering, the world’s victims, who therefore have to be helped to kick the Palestinians out of the West Bank.”
Australia has been little better. Journalists should report on the settler’s pain during removal, BUT would the same reporters ever give similar coverage to the many more Palestinians whose homes are destroyed almost daily or lives ruined by the Israeli occupation?
One rule for “us” and another for “them.”