Tuesday, July 01, 2014

It's what they would have wanted

Three Israeli teenagers went missing a while back.  The Israeli Defence Force, alleging that Hamas were responsible for their abduction, embarked on a manhunt in which they arrested 400 Palestinians.  400.  Having discovered their bodies, in the West Bank, they launched a ferocious bombing campaign in Gaza, ostensibly in response to a few rockets fired by Hamas, although probably also as a collective punishment for the teens.

Today, the Israeli defence minister, apparently with the support of Prime Minister Netanyahu, proposes building a new colony in honour of the teenagers:

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed Monday night that Israel's response to the murder of the three teenagers in the West Bank include a wave of settlement construction and the establishment of a new settlement in memory of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, a senior Israeli official told Haaretz.
An Israeli defense official confirmed the details and said that Ya'alon suggested the new settlement be established in the G'vaot outpost, frozen in 2002, which is located between Alon Shvut and Beitar Ilit. The Defense Ministry specified that the outpost is located on state lands and that the government already made a decision to turn it into a settlement.

This is, apparently, part of a wider turn toward new settlement building, and as such constitutes an extraordinarily cynical canalisation of grief and racist backlash into an already planned policy.