Why I like Karni Eldad

Posted: November 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: The Right, The Settlements | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

karni eldadKarni Eldad, settler daughter of MK Arie Eldad from the radical Ihud Leumi party, is writing Op-Eds for Haaretz recently. I kind of like her articles: they are so blind and self-righteous, they actually make readers grasp the reality of the West Bank Apartheid -  Something even Amira Hass or Gidon Levi are having troubles doing. I often wandered if it’s some kind of satire, but from what I gather, she is for real.

In this one [English; Hebrew], for example, Eldad is portraying the ordinary middle class dilemma of a young couple: how to find a nice home with no Arabs around?

One of these hilltops had a special attraction for us. It has a mixed population, an excellent location, is close to civilization but not too close, without any Arab villages nearby. A young community, with young people who have a dream, and all the intrigues of any small community.

“There are three vacant prefabricated homes. Choose,” we were told. I turned white. “But, but,” I stammered. “I have already lived in a prefabricated home. Is there no exemption? Can you understand – I’m a musician and the acoustics in a prefabricated home are simply awful, and the doctor has forbidden it, and besides,” I said, pulling out the doomsday weapon, “besides, I’m spoiled.”

“It’s as I said,” the secretary continued, smiling. “There are three prefabricated homes. Choose one. I suggest the one belonging to Foxman; it hardly leaks at all.”

Great. What a headache. It turns out that it’s impossible to be a real right-winger without implementing the ideology using your place of residence as well. And it turns out that, like many other young couples in Israel, we can’t let ourselves live in one of the economically established settlements where there is asphalt instead of mud. It’s simply too expensive. So it turns out that we are moving to a hilltop. Soon. Maybe in the summer.