A new low has been reached in the Olmert government's terrorization of settlement activists as shots were actually fired during a forced expulsion from a hilltop settlement near Hashmonaim. Three sets of shots were fired in the air, the latest coming dangerously close to those on the ground. The Lt. Colonel responsible for firing the shots threatened that the next shot would be fired into the activists.
Firstly, the government should not be using the military to deal with civilian protesters in the first place. Military personnel generally lack the training necessary and should not be diverted in this manner. Dangerous incidents can easily come about when armed military personnel who are used to life and death responses when their orders are not obeyed confront unarmed civilian protesters.
Secondly, the government's behavior is increasingly bringing close a genuinely violent confrontation. The numerous assaults, abuses, cripplings and severe traumas inflicted by the Kadima regime on protesters will in the end take their toll and break down the reluctance by Jewish activists against genuinely fighting back. And that in the end is what the government wants, to escalate things to the point where they no longer have to manufacture a Jewish terrorist organization but actually confront one, thus allowing them carte blanche in making concessions to Arab terrorists while fighting their newly created Jewish enemies.