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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:33 PM

+972's Person of the Year: The Settler

The settlement movement registered major victories this year on various fronts. Its representatives are reaching new heights in politics, the judiciary and the media. One out of five residents east of the Green Line is a settler. The expansion of settlements continues unabated, and – most importantly – settlers are in full control of the Israeli national narrative. In 2012, as more and more observers declared the death of the two-state solution, the settler became the new normal.

For decades, the settler movement and Israel’s secular, largely Ashkenazi urban elite have been playing a game of “pretend.” The secular political elite claimed the settlers were religious ideologues, obstacles to peace and not representative of mainstream Israeli society. The settlers, meanwhile, charged that an effete minority ruling class ignored their contributions and commitment to the state.

But all the while, successive governments headed by secular, purportedly liberal leaders tacitly expedited settlement growth even as the secular, purportedly liberal judiciary handed down rulings that effectively sanctioned settlements, which are built in contravention of international law. The settlers, meanwhile, became increasingly confident as they rose to occupy important positions at the highest levels of the state’s key institutions – the legislative branch (Knesset), the executive branch (the governing coalition), the judiciary and the army.

In 2012, the game became reality: The settlers are the new ruling elite of Israel.

http://972mag.com/972s-person-of-the-year-the-settler/62756

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Reply +972's Person of the Year: The Settler (Original post)
azurnoir Dec 2012 OP
PDJane Dec 2012 #1
R. Daneel Olivaw Dec 2012 #2
AverageJoe90 Dec 2012 #3
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #4
oberliner Dec 2012 #5
delrem Dec 2012 #10
oberliner Dec 2012 #13
oberliner Dec 2012 #6
azurnoir Dec 2012 #7
oberliner Dec 2012 #14
azurnoir Dec 2012 #16
Alamuti Lotus Dec 2012 #8
oberliner Dec 2012 #9
azurnoir Dec 2012 #11
oberliner Dec 2012 #12
azurnoir Dec 2012 #15

Response to azurnoir (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:33 PM

1. Yes.

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Response to azurnoir (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:44 PM

2. From the article.

With the rise of the settlers, the once-radical idea that Israel should annex or maintain its military occupation of the West Bank indefinitely has gained new currency in relatively mainstream circles. Government approval for settlement expansion continues unabated.


Sad.

Settler is just a nicer way of saying invader.

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:54 PM

3. Sad but damned true.

I seriously can't understand why anyone in their right minds would even THINK about supporting these settlers when the Palestinians in that region are clearly suffering from maltreatment, property theft, etc. from this shit. Hell, it kinda reminds me of what happened to the Native Americans of the old Plains, the Sioux, Pawnee, etc. and how they were screwed with, persecuted, and even slaughtered by gun-crazy madmen and other morally corrupt individuals.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:59 PM

4. People support it for the EXACT SAME REASON they supported the efforts against the Indians

Because they hated Indians and wanted them cleansed from "our territory"

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:43 PM

5. Off the charts

This is not in any way a reasonable analogy.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:25 PM

10. No it isn't.

It's a fair analogy.
Except for the term "hate". I don't think the correct term is "hate". I think it's more like "totally disrespect, as humans" or some equivalent that includes "puts their human plight out of mind, as being inconsequential".
"hate" implies a heat that I don't think exists in Netanyahu's mind, or in the minds of most of those who support the settlement movement. Sure, some youths from the settlements go on rampages - but that's just youthful hijinks.

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Response to delrem (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:13 AM

13. Alrighty then

Somehow I am not surprise to see you respond that way.

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Response to azurnoir (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:44 PM

6. Do you work for 972mag?

Do they pay you for every article you post here?

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Response to oberliner (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 06:26 PM

7. lol of course not however as most of Ha'aretz is now behind a paywall

+972 is another progressive Israeli alternative, why do you seem to have such a problem with it?

eta it's somehow reassuring to know that no good deed goes unpunished though

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:14 AM

14. It's not what you think it is

It's certainly no Ha'aretz.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:19 PM

16. no Ha'aretza is commercial enterprize +972 runs largely off donations

from foreigners much like B'tselem

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Response to oberliner (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:04 PM

8. Do you work for PressTV? *nt

 

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:50 PM

9. Would that the poster felt about 972mag the way I feel about PressTV

However, I think the opposite is, in fact, the case.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:33 AM

11. why? +972 in no way resembles PressTV

and I am sorry that you feel the way it seems you do about Israeli progressives

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:13 AM

12. They are exactly the same

And neither has anything to do with "Israeli progressives" - I daresay you've never actually met one.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:17 PM

15. no PressTV and +972 have very little in common

as to Israeli Progressives actually I have met several but they are living in the US

PressTV prints antiIsrael and antiSemetic woo and is state run +972 does not they print what is currently happening in Israel from a progressive POV most of its writers are Israeli Jews and the Israeli government does not control their content

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