“Uri Bar-Lev is just the latest to fall, like so many others who were involved in the disengagement,” says National Union Chairman MK Ya'akov Katz (Ketzaleh).
Commenting on the scandal surrounding police commander Uri Bar-Lev that erupted just as he was being considered for appointment as national police chief, Ketzaleh said that “it's not a coincidence that he has run into this trouble, right before he thought his status would rise in the world. G-d is repaying him for his actions in throwing 10,000 Jews out of their homes in Gush Katif and northern Samaria, just as He did with many others already.”
Bar-Lev, a top police official, was in charge of the police department's southern command in 2005, when the disengagement from Gush Katif and northern Samaria took place. He directed thousands of police officers deployed to prevent protests and arrest demonstrators who tried to express their opinions against the disengagement – as well as assisting IDF soldiers in the expulsion of residents from their homes. His most recent position was as Israel Police liaison to the U.S. government, a post he held in Washington.
Bar-Lev was expected to be a shoe-in for the post of National Police director, but several weeks ago, allegations of improper behavior surfaced, with several women accusing him of improprieties. On Sunday, Bar-Lev, who has already been questioned by police, announced that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the police force – and that he was dropping his candidacy for the director's position altogether.
“It was just a matter of time before Bar-Lev's sins caught up with him,” Ketzaleh, adding that he was “absolutely not” taking on the role of prophet or Heavenly spokesperson. “But we know that G-d eventually punishes the guilty, and Bar-Lev joins a long line of people who were connected to the disengagement who have already been punished.”
Among those who have already received their personal comeuppance, says Ketzaleh, are former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is still facing charges on numerous scandals; Tzipi Livni, “who isn't minster of anything anymore,” Ketzaleh says; Shaul Mofaz, who lost out to Livni and for thetime being has not been able to rise to his former capacity as Defense Minister; and, of course, former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, architect of the disengagement, who remains in a coma and whose son was imprisoned.
“There are probably many others who participated on their own level in the disengagement who are also receiving their just desserts, except we haven't heard about them. But rest assured,” says Ketzaleh, “in the end – and probably much sooner – they will be punished for their actions by G-d.”