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Israel's withdrawals

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Submitted by Alan Tillotson (United States), Apr 28, 2002

Dr. Pipes makes two "teeny" spins in this article. The first is that he states that "when Israel withdrew its troops and returned to a U.N.-recognized border with Lebanon." This is to sidestep the fact that Israel did not fully retreat and still occupies territory that everyone knows belongs to Lebanon, and its occupation is the main reason for the continued attacks by Hezbollah. Thus his premise is wrong.

The second spin is that to wait until "Someday, when the Palestinians have given up on their determination to eliminate the Jewish state, Israel can and should pull back from the territories it won in 1967." This is to ask the Palestinians to meekly accept the Apartheid-like occupation for a few more decades without resistance, while Israeli settlements continue unabated. Does this make any sense to the occupied peoples. Of course not.

Alan Tillotson
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