Monday morning, the preparations began for demolition of a house owned by Southern District Police Commander Uri Bar-Lev. The house is to be demolished due to safety issues that arose because of a softening of the land it was built on.
Bar-Lev was commander of police during the demolition of Jewish homes in the framework of Ariel Sharon's 2005 Disengagement from Gaza; and so, at least one person, Land of Israel activist Baruch Marzel, sees the demolition of his house as a Divine punishment.
Marzel came to the site to witness the preparations. “I came to see a miracle that hasn’t happened in the land since the time of Korach,” he explained to IsraelNN TV’s Yoni Kempinski. Korach is the biblical character who, along with his house, sunk into the earth after challenging the authority of Moses.
Marzel added, “After the
G-d is the judge and He judged Bar-Lev with the destruction of his house
evacuation of Gush Katif, the house of the general who commanded the police during the expulsion started sinking into the land, and today, the day of the destruction of Gush Katif, tractors are coming to demolish his home.”
Marzel tied Bar-Lev’s role in the expulsion to his recent dismissal from the Israel Police: “This is a good general, a successful general, who was thrown out of the police for no reason, and at the same time his home sinks into the land, and this shows us G-d is the judge, and He judged Bar-Lev with the destruction of his house and the destruction of his career - like the general did to the people of Gush Katif.”
Bar-Lev himself, who owns a much larger house adjacent to the structure being demolished, seemed not particularly troubled. He approached the IsraelNN TV cameraman and recommended returning the next morning for better footage, as the bulldozers and tractors won’t arrive till then.