Fence Fighters’ Fiasco

I am a bit ambivalent regarding the fence incident, when protestors, who tried to cut down the fence Israel is building to separate between the Jewish State and the Palestinian proto-State, were shot.
I do agree that any unlawful and “impure” use of arms should be quickly punished, and, as a former soldier in the IDF who had his share of trials, I am sure that the military courts will mete out a fine punishment if that is the case.
But I do not think the soldiers were completely wrong. When the story is told from the protestor’s perspective it seems that they were totally in the right–but think about the soldiers and their duty: some Palestinian factions have been known to use civilian cover as a means of protection when launching their attacks, so it is not unconceivable to think that these factions could employ unarmed “front guards” who planned on martyrdom, which would then be followed by waves of suicide bombers through the hole in the fence.
This is no less ruthless than murdering a bus-load of kids, and therefore no less probable.
It is sad that the protestors could not find a different way to express their frustration–but in actively attempting to cut down the fence, they were directly threatening the security of the soldiers and the security of the citizens of the State of Israel who could have been murdered by suicide bombers.
If, on the other hand, there were no suicide bombers or Palestinian violence, and the conflict was truly as black and white as some in Ha’aretz and the loopy left would have us believe, then such protest would be appropriate, and I would fully support it. Yet another reason for the Palestinians to stop their campaign of violence.

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  1. Fence Fighters’ Fiasco

    I am a bit ambivalent regarding the fence incident, when protestors, who tried to cut down the fence Israel is building to separate between the Jewish State and the Palestinian proto-State, were shot. I do agree that any unlawful and…