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An Efficient Inspector

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Dayan Somekh works as an inspector for the Israel Nature and Parks Authority’s investigations division, whose offices are located on Am Ve’olamo Street in Jerusalem. As a young man, he undoubtedly dreamed of being a permanent member of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.

Perhaps he loves wildflowers, perhaps he climbs mountains, perhaps he raised hamsters. Perhaps he’s a settler, perhaps he’s an expert on snakes, perhaps he just wound up in this job by chance, after doing wonderful service in the army’s Kfir Brigade.

At work, Somekh wears a green shirt with a drawing of an ibex and an oak tree, the nature authority’s logo. The authority is headed by Shaul Goldstein, who by chance previously served as chairman of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, the local government of a West Bank settlement bloc.

The settlers, as everyone knows, are the greatest lovers of this land. In fact, there’s no one like them for this love. So it’s only natural that a settler activist should be responsible for preserving nature in this country; the land of Israel takes precedence over the people of Israel.

On Wednesday last week, Inspector Somekh went to work as usual. That was during the intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday, and the........

© Haaretz