Christianity Thomas on 08 Sep 2009 12:42 am
Israel’s army is changing. Once proudly secular, its combat units are now filling with those who believe Israel’s wars are “God’s wars”.
Military rabbis are becoming more powerful. Trained in warfare as well as religion, new army regulations mean they are now part of a military elite.
Perhaps it explains this:
This is the first new government-approved construction project in the West Bank since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to power in March.
It comes despite US pressure to halt settlement building.
A senior Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said the move “nullified” the effect of any future building freeze.