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Sharon’s good faith leaves Israel faithless

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I really don’t know how to feel about Ariel Sharon.

Given the demographics of the Gaza Strip – 9,000 Jewish settlers versus a Palestinian population of 1.5 million and rising – handing over that strip of land to the Palestinian Authority for the eventual construction of a Palestinian homeland appears to make perfect sense.

The evacuation of Jewish settlers from Gaza was supposedly done for peace. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, must solidify the ruling Fatah movement behind him and strictly inform Hamas that their terrorism will not be viewed by the Palestinian leadership as a vindication of their carnage. If Abbas is able to clearly express the view that Israel is acting for peace to Palestinians, then it might certainly pave the way for peace and isolate Hamas. Anything short of this will constitute a plan for peace best written on toilet paper.

But, as I see it, the whole point behind a war of attrition – in this case, the 1967 Six-Day War that Israel fought with the Palestinians and won – is to establish boundaries. Gaza and the West Bank were militarily enforced capture of land that expanded Israel’s borders. And now, Israel has conceded their right to ownership.

Plus, consider this – do two wrongs make a right? Palestinians were forced off land they considered theirs when Israel was established in 1948, but Arabs in Israel enjoyed more rights in the Jewish state than they did in neighboring Arab countries. Now, 9,000 Israeli citizens have to find new homes within an already tiny Jewish state. If I was a Jewish settler being pulled from my home in Gaza, my loyalty to Sharon would be beyond tested. It would be nil.

Moving past the inanity of giving up land won in hard-fought battle, I sincerely believe that Zionism is not racism – the United Nations confirmed this by overturning their horrendous 1975 resolution fourteen years ago – and I fail to see how shrinking Israel’s borders is going to come to any good. Palestinians will establish part of a homeland on land that is no longer theirs.

The development of a Jewish state in Palestine in the 20th century was an inevitability, given what Alan Dershowitz, in his book In Defense of Israel, calls a “vastly under populated” region in the 19th century, to which European Jews started arriving and settling.

Not that the Gaza Strip or the West Bank (four areas of which will soon also be cleared of Jewish settlers) belongs to Israel proper to begin with. Those lands are not internationally recognized as belonging to any one state. But Israelis have been living in those lands for decades now. For Israel to march in and forcibly remove them is about as insane as kicking all the British out of Northern Ireland to make way for a united Republic of Ireland.

Kicking the settlers out of their homes was the last thing Sharon wanted to do. But he should have stuck by Israel’s claim to the land. Peace may come of this, but I don’t expect it will last, because Hamas and other militant Palestinian terrorists will continue to use Gaza-like aggression until, in the words of USA Today‘s Daniel Piper, “Israel itself disappears.”

Will Sharon or his successor allow the lines of Israel to be beaten back even further? Will they seek to reward terror with more land concessions? (And perhaps the mostly anti-Semitic anti-war movement can advise, with Pat Buchanan, Justin Raimondo and Cindy Sheehan as honorary Palestinian ringleaders.)

The process already appears to have started with the Gaza withdrawal.

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  • billy

    good work. israel backing out wont solve the main problem. the people attacking israel (iran, hamas, and hezbollah)) dont care about some territory. they want it all or nothing. until they are removed any step back is a fleeting victory for terrorists.

  • Realist

    Here we go again.

    More Zionist propaganda.

    After WWII, the world changed.

    No more taking land and “keeping it”.

    Remember Korea in 1950, Kuwait in 1990?…

    The world was supposed to adhere to UN Resolutions.

    But Israel is exempt — because $$$ in the US buy the exemption.

  • Fernando

    Well, I’ll put it this way. Im going to quickly quote your stuff and then respond accordingly.

    — Kicking the settlers out of their homes was the last thing Sharon wanted to do. But he should have stuck by Israel’s claim to the land. Peace may come of this, but I don’t expect it will last, because Hamas and other militant Palestinian terrorists will continue to use Gaza-like aggression until, in the words of USA Today’s Daniel Piper, “Israel itself disappears.” —

    Israel has rightful claim to the land not just because they had settled on or have inhabited it before, but because GOD gave that land to them as inheritance. It’s their land, no ifs ands or buts about it, if you believe in GOD(and the Bible) or not. Peace will only, and only exist through the aid of one person who will hold this peace together. This person will maintain peace between these two for 7 years (3.5 GOOD, 3.5 BAD). And last comment, the Jews will never disappear. They are Untouchable – emphasis on the capital U. They can’t and will not be run down, as difficult and oppressing their conditions might get. Why you may ask, because they are GOD’s chosen.

    I recommend reading the TRUTH, the Bible, so you won’t have to wonder or debate on this issue – what is most important, you will understand the reality of it and many other things this world seems to be uncertain about.

  • Realist

    “Israel has rightful claim to the land not just because they had settled on or have inhabited it before, but because GOD gave that land to them as inheritance. It’s their land, no ifs ands or buts about it…”

    That‘s something you can believe and preach in a Synagogue.

    But you can’t argue that in the United Nations or the International World Court.

    And it should never have been considered by the United States Government in setting our foreign policy.

    But unfortunately our Congress and Administration have been respecting your religious beliefs.

    They evidently haven’t heard of the First Amendment,

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