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[Jerusalem, March 24. Image via Getty]

Two Palestinian girls stand in front of Israeli border guards in Jerusalem's Old City on March 24, 2010. Talks between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to produce signs they had ended a dispute which Netanyahu said could block the Middle East peace process for a year. Sticking to a hardline position before the White House talks late on March 23, Netanyahu said peace efforts would be held up by what he called 'unreasonable' demands for a freeze on new settlers homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israel claims all Jerusalem as its eternal capital, while the Palestinians want to make the predominantly Arab eastern sector the capital of their independent state. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)


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Those are YSM officers (pronounced yassam). They're basically elite police. Always very cute, attractive men. They get around on motorcycles in a style very reminiscent of gay men :D


I met some protecting the marchers at a gay pride march. They were also involved in removing settlers from illegal outposts.

My point is: even when my government does bad things (too often, I'm afraid), the people involved in implementing those orders aren't necessarily bad. I'm sure manny Yassam agents were against the disengagement, but they still removed illegal settlers. I'm sure some were against our pride march, but they protected us. Likewise, I'm sure many of them are against the treatment of the Arabs in my country, but they still do riot control. Their job is not to implement politics, but to keep the peace. They've often been involved in keeping the crazy hassidim from rioting too much, and the hassidim hate them for it. The cute little girls in this photo would not be able to play if those officers weren't preventing the riots that my government cruelly provoked.