Thursday, August 24, 2006

Gaining Steam

The protests led by the reservists taking place in front of the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem are gaining steam. A core group of protestors have set up a tent and stay there 24 hours a day. Two days ago they were joined by Moti Ashkenazi, the reserve officer who spearheaded the protests against the government after the failures of the Yom Kippur War.

According to this report in Ynetnews.com hundreds more came to support them yesterday. Haaretz predicts that the weekend will see a jump in the numbers, as reservists who are just now released from duty will join soon. On Friday there will be a joint protest with the bereaved families of soldier's killed in the war, and on Sunday there will be a protest march from Tel-Aviv to the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem.

The protestors are demanding that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz take responsibility for the failures of the war and resign from their positions. If they don't, they want the public to demand a State Commission of Inquiry.

The three are of course hoping that the protests will blow over, and they can get away with receiving a slap on the wrist by a lower level investigative panel. I don't think this will happen. Right now there are quite a few politicians who are standing on the sidelines and letting the reserve soldiers have their say, while they enjoy the results. If it looks like the protests are faltering, and the "troika" will escape, then they will join the fray and take out their already sharpened knives.

10 Comments:

Blogger Jerusalem Joe said...

I wonder why are they blaming Olmert and Peretz. i never suspected either of them of being able to provide honest, professional, moral leadership to this country.
i think i'll go next week and ask them.

4:35 PM, August 24, 2006  
Blogger bec said...

i'm praying for the success of the protestors. something about not having a clear victory and our soldiers still not being returned to their families just, to put it mildly, really gets my goat.

8:27 AM, August 27, 2006  
Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

"The protestors are demanding that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz take responsibility for the failures of the war and resign from their positions. If they don't, they want the public to demand a State Commission of Inquiry."

The logic that demands the first OR the second is totally wrong. A commission of inquiry is a must. Whether the firing of all three of the names mentioned or more (or less) should follow is secondary.

But one does not argue with a crowd baying for blood.

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