Links: | Reuters | NY Times | Ha'aretz | Frost | RA: | Fence Around Texas | Don't Fence Me In | (RR) (Bing)June 17 (Day 168, Serving in Edom): As Israel began to build a 215-mile fence around the West Bank yesterday, cultural division based upon fundamental human values brought a new mix of opponents and supporters. Strong opponents of the new fence were First Lady, Laura Bush, Palestinian Chairman, Yasser Arafat, the US pro-Arab State Department, and Israel's ultra right equivalent of supporters of the Abrahamic Covenant. Supporters of the fence included former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israeli Defense Minister, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer. The White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, said it was an Israeli security decision.
Within the supporters and opponents were members of the left and right wings. The supporters and opponents gave different reasons for their positions. Laura Bush expressed the values of Texas culture. Texans think they are sovereign and without boundaries. Arafat doesn't want to be boxed in because he wants all of Israel. And the Israeli ultra-right don't want the wall because they recognize their right to the entire land. Ben-Eliezer wants the wall because he wants two separate states, which is legalism. Benjamin Netanyahu wants the wall for Israeli security, which is defensive legalism.
The fence divides the pie into two parts, which is precisely what President Bush is supporting in his vision. However, two things side-by-side are the sign of a witness.
Today, the image of weather elephants were over the Pacific northwest, Florida, and off the east coast of the USA. An elephant represents a demon Commander, such as Baal.
There were sharp divisions and caustic remarks today drawn from cultural values relative to the fence Israel is building around the West Bank. Laura Bush even waded into the arguments against the fence. Regardless of the reasons she gave, her real reasons stemmed from her Texas roots. The Texans and the Palestinians have a lot in common. Both are inherently lawless like the wild west; yet both are very parochial. You have to be born in Texas to be accepted. Both think they are sovereign, or at least, have sovereign boundaries. Both have a love affair with the land. Yet, they hate fences.
Today was June 17th, for lawlessness. And it was Day 168, for serving in Edom.
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