Source in Jerusalem reports a breakaway clique of West Bank settlers calling themselves the Judean Authority is challenging the authority of the Israeli Government to evict them from their homes and turn over their homesteaded land to the terrorists called the Palestinian Authority. The settlement that houses these vigorous rebels is approximately 40 minutes from Jerusalem in the barren rolling hills of what is called Judea. The Israeli police have already identified the clique as hostile and led a raid on the settlement’s guard dog training kennel last weekend in order to intimidate the hotheads. However in the way of the world when the state turns its brute force against its own patriots, the nascent Judean Authority grows stronger as the state becomes ridiculous in its fears of dissidents. The leadership crisis in Jerusalem, with no Sharon successor in sight, means there is rich ground for mischief on the basis of the settlements. The fiasco in the Gaza Strip last summer, handing over Jewish farmsteads to lawless schemers who have transformed the Gaza Strip into a rocket filled rogue state that has broken with the PA and sided with homicidal Hamas, means that the new Israeli leadership will have no facts to support a new step of evicting West Bank settlers such as the Judean Authority utopians. Also, Olmert and Forward are chained to unilateral withdrawal policies: Netanyahu and Likhud oppose all withdrawals; the PA is broken, powerless, one election from laughter.
An autonomous, Jewish-only, militant, impossibly unstable Judean Authority is a fantasy, a dream, a ploy, a trap. So was said of the Jewish State once upon a time.