Peace Now, Meretz activists place one ton of ice near Defense Ministry's Tel Aviv office during support rally for government plan
by Tal Rabinovsky
Several dozen Peace Now and Meretz activists held a rally across from the Defense Ministry offices in Tel Aviv Tuesday, in support of the settlement freeze.
The activists placed one ton-worth of ice bags on the sidewalk as a symbol of their support and waived posters reading "Settlers come home."
Peace Now Director Yariv Oppenheimer: "Our job is to push the government so in 10 months it will decide to prolong the freeze. I have no doubt that when our public feels the government caving in under the settlers' pressure more people will protest."
Oren, from Jerusalem, told Ynet that he does not expect the current move to be the end of the settlement movement. "I know this won't be what pulls the plug on the settlements or the Israeli presence in the territories, but we have to support it." Benny Geffen, another activist said that "thanks to the settlement movement we're going to end up with a binational country with an Arab majority." Geffen, who is also active with several human rights groups and bereaved Israeli and Palestinian parents groups, feels that the world's statesmen are slowly but surely giving up on Israel. "I've lost a son who was serving in the military. I've lost friends. Apparently, the sacrifice was in vain."