"Yuval Diskin, who served as director of Israel’s Shin Bet security service from 2005 to 2011, posted some rather blunt observations on his Facebook page this morning regarding the tit-for-tat murders of teenagers, the Palestinian rioting in East Jerusalem and the Triangle (the Arab population center south of Haifa) and what he fears is coming down the pike.
It strikes me that he’s probably saying a lot of what IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz was thinking at this week’s security cabinet meeting, when Gantz’s far more restrained comments led to a tongue-lashing from Naftali Bennett. In other words, this is how the current meltdown looks to much of the top Israeli military and intelligence brass. It’s what they’ve been saying privately while in uniform and publicly after retiring (and occasionally even while still in uniform). I’ve taken the liberty of translating Diskin’s Hebrew into English." Goldberg
This meditation by Diskin echoes many of the comments made on SST with regard to the religio/nationalist psychological bubble that a lot of Israelis live in.
In the Washington Post today there is a piece concerning the shock, yes, the shock, felt by many Israeli Jews at the thought that some of them (Jews) would abduct a teen from in front of his father's house, drag him into a wood, drench him in gasoline and set him on fire. I'm sorry,but a belief that one's group is somehow more moral, virtuous and deserving of grace than others is simply racist. Well, they are just Arab, might be the underlying theme of the fear for his people that Diskin voices.
In a related event the ex-American citizen, Israeli ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, appeared on the tube over the weekend to firmly state that Israel will reject Jews who participated in killing and burning the Palestinian boy. He made several such hortatory statements and then ruined the whole thing by saying (roughly) that such firmness would be displayed because Israeli Jews are better people than the Palestinians because their hearts are pure.