[url=http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=98032]Yehoram Gaon Decries War Against Land of Israel Lovers
14:23 Feb 06, '06 / 8 Shevat 5766
By Hillel Fendel[/url]
Singer Yehoram Gaon compares the idealists who were beaten in Amona to the pioneers who built the Galilee 70 years ago, and bemoans the war against those who stand fast to the Land of Israel.
Popular singer and actor Yehoram Gaon delivered a long discourse on his views of last week's violence in Amona. His politics, as expressed in his service as a one-man faction in the Jerusalem Municipality and his weekly Friday afternoon radio program, are generally left-wing. This Friday's show was different, however. "Only one who fights for his land," Gaon said on Israel Radio's Reshet Bet, "acquires it, by virtue of his love and dedication."
Excerpts from Gaon's talk:
They call them, justifiably, law-breakers. But... law-breakers are those who fire Lau missiles at their competing gangsters' homes and kill people along the way, and drug-dealers and pimps. So with all the due respect that you do not give them, at least agree with me that the law-breakers in Amona have a different type of motivation.
...Why are they, of all people, being persecuted? Do you realize how many building violations there are in Israel? Why specifically them, and why specifically now? And who wants to prove what this time, and to who, and why specifically at their expense?
I know it's not popular today to say nice things about the settlers. All my colleagues in radio and television are very, very angry at them - but what to do? Only one who fights for his land, cities and fields, and for every caravan and every clod of earth, acquires it, by virtue of his love and dedication.
One need only flip through the pages of the history of this land to understand what was always self-evident. Our neighbors [the Arabs] know this secret very well. They never rushed; they are tied and bound only to this land and its olive trees. And they know that this is the way, the only way, to become its masters...