Well I guess the government ministers got some good parenting lessons this past winter. They finally said "no" to the "I want now" me-generation crowd led by upper class Daphna Leef.
Leef's latest gimme, gimme demonstrations were sans permits, and since Israel is a country of law, as the Left keeps telling us, you need proper police permits for demonstrations, rallies etc. If you don't follow the laws you'll get in trouble. Apparently after last year's great pr protest successes, Leef and company thought they were above the law. Finally, there was a crackdown. A little reality set in.
|Protesters clash with police officers in Tel Aviv on June 23, 2012.Photo by Tomer Appelbaum|
The protesters knocked over trash cans and shouted chants criticizing Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Still, the car managed to leave the scene.Let's hope that the public will finally realize, recognize that there's nothing very "just" in Leef's organization and that her priorities are unrealistic and elitist.
The government and police must treat them the way they'd treat any other protest group without permits. None of the official bodies expected violent reactions. Last summer the Korach demonstrators were coddled by the government. Instead of scheduled television programming on Saturday nights, we'd find ourselves watching the carnival entertainment at their protests as if it was earth-shattering national news.
I hope that the government and police will continue laying the law and teaching these rioters that they are not above it. They should work hard and live within their budgets.