Barak is a first-class bafoon.
He doesn’t get it. He just doesn’t get it.
The Peace House in Hevron is not a “place” it is a symbol. It has been chosen to be the showdown, the red line in the sand, the OK Corral of Israeli Nationalism.
For him to ask activists to refrain from getting involved is just silly. What is even sillier is that he keeps up the lie that the Supreme Court “ordered” the evacuation—when, in fact, they did nothing of the sort. They “allowed” an evacuation if the state wills it, but they did not ORDER an evacuation.
So, why does the state want to evacuate the Peace House? Because it will bring the left votes, of course. Or, at least, last week it would have brought them votes. In the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, when the country is raw with sadness and anger about the slaughter of innocents who were singled out for no other reason than they were Jews, I think Barak will find a considerable amount of blowback.
If anything, his publicity stunt of going in and forcing Jews from their home will bring the right votes, not the left.
I have no idea why Barak has survived in politics up to this point. It is clear he has no political sense. In fact, it appears he has no sense at all.
Barak to right-wing leaders: Avoid clashes over Hebron house
Defense minister meets settler representatives, asks them to refrain from clashing with security forces carrying out High Court order to evacuate disputed house in West Bank city; promises them IDF will protect house from Palestinian squatters (yeah, right! . . . And if you believe that, I have a nice quiet home in Sderot I would like to sell you . . . )
Published: 11.30.08, 18:42 / Israel News
Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with representatives of right-wing groups and settlers last Thursday, in a meeting initiated by Knesset Member Uri Ariel (National Union-NRP), Ynet discovered Sunday evening.
Barak asked the settlers to refrain from clashing with security forces and, instead, to leave the disputed house in Hebron as per a recent Israel High Court of Justice decision. The ruling increased tensions in the city in recent days, as additional families moved into the house.
House in Hebron
The defense minister promised that the IDF would protect the house in order to prevent Palestinians from squatting there until the debated issue of the home's ownership is established by a court of law.
At the meeting, which lasted 40 minutes, settler representatives asked Barak to advance the issue of delaying the eviction of the house until a new government is established.
Nonetheless, MK Ariel said that the settlers are interested in seeing the issue resolved quickly, and hope that the current government will decide that the current Jewish residents of the home will not need to abandon it.
Another representative of the settlers said the focus of the meeting was to prevent needless conflict between the IDF and the settlers. "The eviction in Amona created unnecessary tension and great harm to the government," he said. "We must prevent use of force and occurrences that we have seen in the past."
Sources close to Barak stated that no mutual understandings were reached regarding the disputed house, but added that "no one is interested in this becoming a violent or problematic issue."
"It's important to continue the dialogue, but it's also important to remember that there is a court order and it is binding."
Meanwhile, incidents surrounding the disputed house continue. Sunday afternoon, Hebron police detained two youths suspected of throwing stones at Palestinians near the disputed residence, while Saturday night, three right-wing activists punctured the tires of a Border Guard patrol car in the area.