Wednesday, August 17, 2005:
Sometimes it takes darkness to shed light. Sometimes the road to truth is paved with lies. Sometimes we fail to realize that extreme is not necessarily a bad thing.
In preparation for disengagement, Ariel Sharon ordered up “Israel's largest military operation outside of a war” because that’s what it would take to handle “Jewish ultra-extremists” and vowed that he would not allow “gangs to undermine the country.”
But as the dog days of disengagement wore on, it became more and more apparent that the Prime Minister was little more than a deceptive actor. By pretending to fear the worst, he intended to portray those who disagree with him as the worst kind. He would have succeeded, had the camera not panned.
The camera revealed many intimate truths about the extremist settlers. It showed how extremely real they are, how extremely spiritual they are, and how extremely in love they are, with their families, with their communities, and yes, even the very soldiers who came to take them away.
“The soldiers are our brothers,” Sylvie Amar said, outside her home of 20 years in Neve Dekalim.
And so, in scene after scene, orange merged with green. Settlers raised their hands to soldiers, and soldiers raised their hands to settlers, and with the entire world watching, and over and over, they hugged, and cried on each other’s shoulders.
Ariel Sharon, you endeavored to deceive. But your soldiers and your citizens revealed the true greatness of our people for the world to see.