Wednesday night, as part of the "Six Months Since the Second Lebanese War," there was a long program broadcast from up north to discuss the war and the present situation on the Lebanese border.
It was a reasonably well-done feature which combined old clips, new interviews with ordinary people and top army officers. The TV co-hosts were two women, Geula Evan and another whose name I don't know, though she's on TV as a presenter all the time. They seemed less inhibited about asking tough questions of the officers than men generally do. I noticed this when Galei Tzahal's Carmela Menashe was on TV.
The male journalists are too personally involved with the army; it's sort of like a conflict of interests. But the women see things from a bit more distance and aren't defending their own military involvement when they ask questions.
One of the main questions they asked (which I remember Carmela Menashe also asking) was:
What did the war accomplish?Lucky for him, I don't remember who he is, but he answered:
Now we have thousands of foreign troops up north to defend us.I kid you not!
Think about it. Israel's ruling politicians and military officers don't want Israel to be an independent country. They want to be a protectorate of some other power.
I don't think that this is a recent phenomena. If we go back to the pre-state history, the Haganah and Palmach were more concerned with protecting the Jews from the Arabs than getting the British to leave and end the Mandate. Only the Etzel and Lechi fought the British with the aim of complete Jewish independence. That explains why the leaders of the Haganah and Palmach had no moral qualms about turning in their fellow Jews to the British during the "sezon."
Today innocent, patriotic Jews who oppose the government are prosecuted, jailed and held in house arrest. All they want is a strong, independent Jewish country.
Apparently that's illegal.
IMHO, I'd say that asking foreign troops to defend us is immoral and should be illegal!
Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach!