Thursday, August 24, 2006

General in charge of Disengagement calls it "A Crime Against the Jewish People"

Brigadier General Gershon Hacohen who had commanded the Disengagement and expulsion of Gush Katif now describes it as "a crime against the Jewish people and a crime I participated in" and said that the war in Lebanon was a punishment for that crime.

General Hacohen is a fairly odd character coming out of the religious Zionist Gush Emunim, who in interviews came off coldly focused on following orders above all else and emotionally detached from the situation. Obviously such a statement could very well be an early attempt at campaign for a political posting but considering how little influence the settlers have these days that would seem to be wasted breath. It would be nice to believe that he's sincere and that some high ranking officials are waking up to what they have done at last and doing Tesuvah.


  1. B"H I hope you're right. I'd like to remind that that "Tshuvah" is not just saying you're sorry. Most all poseqim agree that reparations of some sort are necessary. The so-called "sin of expulsion" involved a lot of "sins:" the turning over of Jewish land and property to non-Jews, is a biggy, as is damage to holy places, desecration of graves, damage to Jewish self-support and income, not to mention the all of the emotional damage.

    The key word in your post is "beginning." Quite frankly, I'll believe when I see.

    The real culprit is the "state-sanctioned" religious education he received from all the crazy "mamlachti" rabbis who think the that State is on par with Torah. They must do tshuvah as well, but they don't know it.

  2. He is right to to be sorry,
    I hope he is not alone.

  3. I hope so too, to both hopes though I have little confidence

    a lot of military people are now saying it was a big mistake, etc... few really show any real understanding of what they did to others though and a lot of it may be a politically motivated climb on the bandwagon

  4. Sultan,

    Where did you get the quote from?

  5. I believe it was said when he visited the family of one of the soldiers killed in battle in eli maybe?