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Miller. 'We left as we entered, only with dead' Photo: Niv Calderon
Miller. 'We left as we entered, only with dead' Photo: Niv Calderon
 
Yefet. 'Olmert destroying country' Photo: Niv Calderon
Yefet. 'Olmert destroying country' Photo: Niv Calderon
 
Gal. 'Moral problem' Photo: Niv Calderon
Gal. 'Moral problem' Photo: Niv Calderon
 
 

Protestors: It's like Yom Kippur War

About 100 people gather in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to protest political echelon's management of war in north; demonstrators call on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign

Roee Mendel
Published: 08.18.06, 00:12 / Israel News

About 100 demonstrators arrived Thursday at the Rabin Square in Tel Aviv and called on the political echelon and on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign in light of the "Lebanon war failure."

 

The demonstration participants held signs reading "Defeatists go home," "Olmert, did your sons fight?" and "Olmert=Chamberlain."

 

This is one of a series of demonstration being organized in the past few days through talkbacks on the internet.

 

One of the demonstration's organizers, Ariella Miller, spoke of why she decided to protest.

 

"About a month ago we went to return the kidnapped soldiers, strengthen the deterrence and neutralize the strategic threat. Eventually we left as we entered, only with 150 dead. We call on the decision makers, headed by the prime minister, to claim responsibility, resign and pay for the failure."


Demonstration in Rabin Sqaure (Photo: Niv Calderon)

 

According to Boaz Arad, who also organized the demonstration, Israel entered the war in the best situation possible and left in the worst situation possible.

 

"The political echelon is the one that managed and caused the war to fail due to scandalous appointments and hesitant decision making," he said. "We do not demand an investigation committee and not a commission of inquiry. We demand that they get up and go home. This is exactly like Ammunition Hill – the soldiers bravely sacrifice their lives, while the ones leading them to the battle are acting foolishly."

 

Colonel (res.) Yehoar Gal, an Air Force pilot, personally criticized Olmert. According to him, the prime minister is facing a serious moral dilemma because "he is sending our sons to fight, but at the same time his daughter is holding signs and demonstrating against him and his wife is wearing black. How can he take responsibility for the death of soldiers when he has no support from his family? He is being torn apart in his home."

 

'Olmer ruining country like he ruined Jerusalem'

 

And there are those who remember the old days and miss them, even the Yom Kippur War.

 

Prof. Benjamin Fischer, 78, the former manager of the dermatology department at the Sheba Medical Center, explained: "I am sitting

at home and I feel bitter. I thought that after all these years we would have to fight, but this is a new Yom Kippur, people should not delude themselves. In fact, on Yom Kippur I even felt better, because we had (former Chiefs of Staff) Bar-Lev and Dado, and I knew that sometime everything would be reversed. I had more faith in them than in the threesome running the State in such great failure."

 

Shai Yefet, who came from Jerusalem, was angry about the social situation, which he claims the government created in the war.

 

"The government is using terms of solidarity and unity, but is in fact the one causing a rift. Every two days Olmert changes his mind. We have a strong army which was not given the possibility to operate. I am a Jerusalem resident and I know exactly what Olmert did there are mayor – he ruined it and now he is ruining the country," he said.

 

And Adi Tal, whose son served as a reserve soldier in the Paratroopers brigade during the war, said: "This war took me 33 years back, when I served in the northern region of the Suez Canal and we were surprised during the Yom Kippur War. Now my son is in Lebanon and the surprise was even bigger."

 

"I am not naïve and simple like I was then. I understand that my son was sent to an unknown place, to a lack of policy, a lack of decisiveness and a lack of ability to function. The impression and the feeling I got was that the army was defeated, our soldiers are tired and frustrated," she concluded.

 

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