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Posted: 8/8/2002 6:10:22 AM EST
[url]http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-ratzlav-katz080802.asp[/url] The Israelis, restrained. By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz n an apparent reaction to last week's series of terrorist attacks on Israelis, including the bombing of the Frank Sinatra cafe at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, Israeli defense minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer issued a ”green light” to the IDF to take further action to uproot the terrorist infrastructure in the Palestinian Authority. The week's offensive included the Israeli takeover of the city of Shechem (Nablus), in Samaria. IDF troops quickly took control of the city and began conducting house-to-house searches, endangering themselves as they did in Jenin, rather than bombing suspected terrorist bases and factories from the air. Thus far, the searches have netted a series of arrests, four bomb factories, weapons, and ammunition. In many cases, the explosives were being assembled and stored in the homes of local civilian residents, as has been the PLO practice. For those familiar with the Bible, Shechem should ring a bell. It is the city where Joseph, son of Jacob (named Israel by God), was buried (Joshua 24:32) and where his tomb stands to this day. It is also the city where Levi and Simon, two other sons of Jacob, took vengeance for the rape of their sister Dina by a local chieftain, killing all the men of the city (Genesis 34). Despite its biblical identification with the city of Shechem, the modern city in the area is regularly referred to as Nablus in the general media. In that regard, Shechem is a symbol, a test case, of the subtle attempt, through the use of language, to disconnect Israel, the land, from the history of Israel, the nation.
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