The Jerusalem Post reports on the handful of uncontrollable far-right wing settlers who completely reject the modern state of Israel who are responding to the freeze of new settlement construction in the West Bank in the way that comes most naturally to them: Barak getting numerous death threats
|Defense Minister Ehud Barak has received dozens of death threats since the government imposed a freeze on new settlement construction in the West Bank, defense officials said on Tuesday.
According to the officials, the death threats arrived in numerous letters sent to the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv since the cabinet decision in late November, and included direct threats against Barak's life.
Officials said that the letters were reviewed by the Defense Ministry's security team and then given to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), which has launched an investigation and has since beefed up Barak's security detail.
According to defense officials, the number of security guards surrounding Barak has "doubled," and he is currently being protected at the same level as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
No one is taking any chances with this," explained one official. "Security has been doubled and precautions are being taken."
The content of one of the letters was revealed Tuesday night on Channel 10. The writer threatened to kill Barak if he takes action against Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
"If you are thinking of destroying the settlements you are wrong - I will murder you," the letter read. "I will hurt you or your children, beware. If not now, then when you are no longer a minister and have no security."
I witnessed this vulgar disobedience first-hand when in Hebron in December 2008. At the time the IDF was removing settlers from a Palestinian market that was closed in 1994 after Jewish extremist (and something of a hero* in these parts) Baruch Goldstein killed 29 Palestinians in the Cave of Machpelah.
All over the place I saw signs that said "Laharog Aravavim" (Kill the Arabs) or "Al Pinui Yeshuvim Naharog Aravim", which, loosely translated means "if you remove settlers then we will kill Arabs"
Whilst I continue to support our right to live in the West Bank and Hebron it needs to be in obedience of the laws of the State of Israel.
*Baruch Goldstein as a hero: I first learned that Goldstein was viewed as a hero when I visited Hebron for the first time on an Ohr Someyach tour. I asked our bus driver about him and was shocked to hear how he revered the extremist. Our tour guide refused to speak about him, but told me that "all was not as it seemed". I turned away as he hinted at some conspiracy theory which recast Goldstein from murderous villain to sacred hero.