How would you treat the hen?
Okay, okay, I’m called TheMiddle, so let’s also ask what would happen if you’re a hen and the fox comes to guard the henhouse – how would you treat that fox?
Yariv Oppenheimer is the outspoken secretary-general of Peace Now, a movement that definitely seeks to remove the “settlements” in Judea and Samaria/West Bank, and return Israel to 1967 lines in order to, they claim, achieve peace with the Arabs. Notwithstanding whether they are right or not, Peace Now is loyal to Israel. So is its Secretary General. Ynet reports that the most recent reserve duty assignment given to Oppenheimer is…protecting a small and isolated settlement, Ateret, in the territories.
All credit to him, Mr. Oppenheimer didn’t write a letter of protest or launch a campaign to protest his reserve duty assignment. Nope, like most Israeli reservists, he packed his bags and headed out there to risk his life to defend the settlement deep inside the territories. Unfortunately, the reception he has received has been mixed and has included some negative comments by the very people he is there to protect. Okay, okay, first there was the juvenile but amusing replacement of his Peace Now bumper stickers with, uh, more right wing oriented stickers. But then came the petition:
“The soldier Yariv Oppenheimer is in the reserve company in our town…It is doesn’t need to be mentioned how he was worked indefatigably to erase the Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria. We must demand his company commander to send this man home. How much longer can we agree that an Israel hater of this sort is in our midst while keeping our mouths shut?”
Can you say “chutzpah?” Some residents signed that piece of dreck.
Peace Now wrote in response:
“Some of the settlers think that the IDF is their own private army and that they have the right to send soldiers on missions.”
Peace Now is, of course, absolutely correct on this one.
Fortunately, some “settlers” in the region have rejected the petition, including the head of the regional council to which Ateret belongs. While calling Oppenheimer an “anti-Zionist,” he claims that once the uniform comes on Oppenheimer should be treated with the respect accorded to any soldier in the IDF defending the country. Mean-spirited and false? Absolutely. After all, if he were an anti-Zionist Oppenheimer wouldn’t have agreed to serve at all, much less deep in the territories. Still, at least this is a more reasonable response to his presence serving his country to defend this settlement.
What a mighty tangled web we weave…