I just found the following quote from Israel's Channel 2 TV reporter, Roni Daniel -- he's on the scene as I type.
He's not a fan of the right, or the settlers...but this is what he had to say about the police violence:
"השוטרים מכים מכות רצופות את המתנחלים , המהלומות מיותרות הם מכים רק כדי לפרוק זעם אין בכך כל צורך זה מיותר. יש צורך לבחון את התנהלות המשטרה על הגגות . האלימות כאן מיותרת "
MK Effi Eitam was wounded by the police....he's on his way for a CT now at Hadassah hospital.
MK Arye Eldad's arm was broken by the police...and he fainted.
MDA reports close to 200 settlers wounded...There are reports that a policeman is wounded as well.
I'm not going to write about Amona's housing...or whether or not Jews have a right to build in Israel...or if the settlers are right or wrong...or if the police are doing what they need to do or not.
UPDATED with more horrible pictures.
I will write, that Ehud Olmert and the Israeli government have succeeded in bringing about this terrible situation to its current state. They wanted violence, they want the world to see our pain, they wanted this Chilul Hashem for all to see.
And it hurts so bad.
UPDATED: I wrote this into a comment, and then decided it should be here as well.
The tragedy of the situation is the demonization of the settlers and the movement to settle the land.
This isn't a game of improving one's quality of life, owning a bigger home or ruling over another people.
The Jews of Amona and their supporters are motivated exclusively by a deep passion and love for Eretz Yisrael.
Their entire ideology and way of life is being targeted by the Israeli government and media as the enemy of the state.
Its tragic that Olmert is alienating one of Israel's most dedicated population segments.
Instead of learning from this summer, he's exacerbating the issues and rallying the media and people of Israel against their own brothers.
And that hurts the most.
NB: I'm not posting the Manila posting today...it's all done. Hopefully tomorrow.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael