“Israeli settlers in the West Bank vandalized an Israel Defense Forces base on Wednesday, carrying out a “price tag” operation against the army for the first time since adopting the policy in recent years.” The full story is here.
There is an old Jewish saying, based on a Talmudic story: צדיקים מלאכתם נעשית בידי אחרים. Roughly translated, it means that the work of the righteous is done by others. It is used to describe actions that take place and benefit someone who had nothing to do with taking those actions. A kind of blessing in disguise.
This saying came to mind when I read about the settlers’ despicable behaviour this morning. I actually welcome this behaviour. I think it reveals the true face of that group of ultra-nationalist “patriots” who “settle” the West Bank illegally, backed by drooling messianic rabbis that condone their actions. The more of this behaviour we see, the more people will come to realise what nutcases we are dealing with: modern-day Sicarii zealots who are so stupid and self-centered they do not realise how their actions undermine their own cause. This behaviour delegitimises the settlers, which can only be a good thing.
Bring it on, I say. The more the better.