The Shmooze

Israel's 'Tent City' Protesters Compared to Biblical Spies

By Nathan Jeffay

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After almost three weeks of non-stop media attention the protesters camped out in Tel Aviv’s “tent city” have been called many things, good and bad. But likening them to the Biblical spies is a new one.

In this interview firebrand grandmother Daniella Weiss, leader of radical settlers, appears to present the protesters as the modern version of the ten spies who famously gave the Children of Israel a negative report about the Land of Israel. The protesters’ negativity echoes the negativity of the spies, she claims. They “are lamenting, people are complaining, people see all the bad sides of life instead of seeing the prosperity of the Land of Israel.”

Amazingly, in her analysis the country’s political leadership against which the protesters are demonstrating is also a modern incarnation of the spies. “Today we have a beautiful land,” she said. “Everything is prosperous, we have a good economy and all the reasons in the world to be satisfied. Yet the leaders want to cut the land in two and this influences many people.” Weiss was referring to fact that some government ministers are in favor of a two-state solution.

And how, in her view, should the government help the protesters to find cheap housing. Simple! Mass settlement in the region of the West Bank where she lives, Samaria. “Let’s come from the planes of Tel Aviv to the mountains of Saramria,” she said. “You’ll have beautiful apartments, a beautiful climate, and you will live in an entirely different atmosphere in the fullest sense of the word.’”


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