While all this is going on, our government is engaged in "secret" talks at various levels with the Mahmoud Abbas régime. On the table is all the territory outside of the separation fence, that is to say almost all of Judea and Samaria (including Ma'aléh Levoná) as well as the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In order to make sure we in Judea and Samaria all get the message, we see now a public bus crisis in Judea and Samaria where all the residents learn of how chaotic and unreliable Egged can be when it chooses to be. In addition, the IDF will no longer pay for 35 settlements' security, meaning that after January, the towns and villages will either have to rely on the IDF for protection - which means spotty protection at best - or pay out of the villagers' own pockets. A good sample of the kind of protection the IDF ands Israel Police give in Judea and Samaria is illustrated by what happened when a group of "Palestinians" and left-wing activists arrived at a vineyard and uprooted and trampled over 4,500 seedlings, while destroying the property of the vineyard.
"They carried out a pogrom here, but no one was arrested. They set the pipeline on fire and destroyed farm equipment," Shlomi Cohen, the vineyard's owner told Ynetnews.
The experts I consult on all this do not understand what is going on. We appear to be entering a misty period where even the wise men do not know where we are headed...
Continued in part II.