Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Numbered Days

After Israeli police responded in force to violent settlers stoning officers sent to arrest a resident of Givat Ronen, Israeli MK Michael Ben Ari of the far-right National Union party compared the Israeli government to that of Muammar Gaddafi (a comparison I doubt either party appreciates):
Following the West Bank clashes Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari (National Union) said: "Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch must remember he's not Gaddafi and that any regime that acts violently towards its citizens, beating, humiliating and punishing them collectively – his days are numbered."

Can we get over the illusion that Ben Ari is anything but an enemy of the state? It's the sort of statement that I almost wish Ben Ari would try to back up -- the folks Ben Ari represents are an existential threat to the long-term security of the state of Israel, and there needs to be (dare I say) a "price tag" put upon their thuggish, illiberal, and frankly seditious activities.

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