Army Criticized for Naming Uprooting Plan "Brotherly Dwelling" (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 02/01/05)
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The IDF´s plan to uproot Jews from Gush Katif and northern Shomron is
codenamed "Brotherly Dwelling" – and Yesha supporters want to know if
that is the army´s idea of a bad joke at their expense.
At yesterday´s session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee, several MKs made clear their dissatisfaction with the
choice of codename to Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Dan Halutz.
MKs Effie Eitam and Uri Ariel said that to give such a codename to an
operation for the uprooting of thousands of Jews from their homes
is "the epitome of cynicism." They said that though the name implies
national unity, the operation itself is something that tears the
Opposition head MK Tommy Lapid (Shinui), too, said that the codename
is not appropriate.
Gen. Halutz and another IDF representative at the session, Planning
Division Deputy Head Brig.-Gen. Ophir Shoham, said that the name was
randomly chosen by a computer.
However, an investigation by Yediot Acharonot reporters has found
that this claim is not correct, and that the name was in fact chosen
by senior IDF commanders. The rationale was that despite the
mission, "we are all one nation and all brothers."
The original name for the operation was "Zohar HaRakia," meaning
Splendor of the Sky. This name was roundly criticized, as it is taken
from the E-l Malei Rahamim prayer said in memory of the deceased.
(IsraelNationalNews © 02/01/05)
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