Scaring Away Wild Dogs

Sharon is running scared. D-Day is getting closer and closer and Ariel Sharon is starting to panic. The signs aren't hard to read.

David Wilder, Hevron

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Sharon is running scared. D-Day is getting closer and closer and Ariel Sharon is starting to panic. The signs aren't hard to read.

Following last week's attacks in London, Sharon immediately issued orders to his underlings, otherwise known as ministers of the Israeli government. The command? Don't discuss the London terror attacks and don't compare them with terror plaguing Israel.

Why? Quite simply. Should the London Al-Qaeda terror be linked in any way, shape or form, actually or even tacitly, to our 'good, peace-loving neighbors,' the entire Gush Katif abandonment plan would evaporate, instantaneously. G-d forbid that such an idea should enter normal people's heads. After all, can you imagine making a deal with creatures that kill, wound and maim innocent civilians on buses or trains. Israel would never be able to consider such policies. So, the solution is easy: stick your head in the sand, way down deep, so you cannot see, hear, or even possibly imagine what might be happening up out there in the real world.

Another indication of Sharon's galloping dread. The state attorney general, Meni Mazuz, conducted a meeting with a group of seven 'religious-Zionist' rabbis, hoping to persuade them to end all opposition to the expulsion plan. He accused the rabbis of leading opposition to the plan and not doing enough to prevent violence by 'extremists'. According to the IsraelNN report, one 'moderate' rabbi responded, "The idea that we will stand silent is a mistake. Our children and our grandchildren feel that [they] have been trampled. The limits initially were broken by the government and the Knesset and afterwards by the judicial system. If we are speaking about a rebellion... the government has rebelled against itself and against the country."

The meeting took place as part of 'discussions' between the 'two sides', aimed at defusing tensions and possible mass violence. It is very important to note the tone of such coordinated discussions. It goes something like this: 'Either you stop everything you're doing - no more protests, no more opposition - or we will come after you, beat you, arrest you, and put you away for a long time.' This is the true face of Israeli justice - the attorney general's office, the prosecution and the courts.

Still, Sharon is petrified. He's terrified of the rabbis, he's frightened of the masses, he shakes thinking about massive refusal by military forces, soldiers and officers alike. He knows that blanket dismissal of hundreds or more officers will disintegrate the IDF. And, most of all, he cannot sleep at night knowing that, with all this, if he doesn't continue taking apart Judea and Samaria, an indictment is still waiting for him and his thug-sons, right around the corner.

It is almost certain that Sharon has plans to annihilate the Iranian nuclear reactor following the summer debacle. Sharon knows that he will have to find a way to appease the Europeans, and quickly. The only way to do that is an accelerated 'Road Map, i.e., the expulsion of tens of thousands of Jews from their homes throughout Israel and, for dessert, division of Jerusalem.

These words are not totally figments of my imagination. In an article published late last week in the Israeli press, a senior (unnamed) military figure was quoted as saying, "Israel has plans to continue unilateral concessions through 2008." In other words, the fun is just beginning.

Maybe. Maybe not. If Bulldozer Sharon is scared, he has good reason to be scared, as enumerated above. When a wild dog runs scared, sometimes it bites. But sometimes, if you pick up a rock and make believe you're about to throw it, the scared dog takes off in the opposite direction.

Sharon's tried biting. He's given it all he's got. But it still hasn't worked. Almost all of Gush Katif's 9,000 residents are still there. Very, very few have signed compensation agreements. Thousands of people are arriving in Gush Katif, living in makeshift caravans or tents. And the battle is far from over. Next week, a national march, with people from all over the country, leading to Gush Katif will begin. IDF officials have already proclaimed that they don't have solutions to actions of tens of thousands of people.

We can still stop the madness.