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Submitted by yuval Brandstetter MD (Israel), Mar 18, 2009 at 06:13

  • Ariel Sharon won a landslide victory in January 2003 over his Labor opponent, Amram Mitzna, who called for "evacuating the settlements from Gaza." Mr. Sharon ridiculed this approach, saying that it "would bring the terrorism centers closer to [Israel's] population centers." In December 2003, however, Mr. Sharon adopted Mitzna's unilateral withdrawal idea.
  • Ariel Sharon knew full well that the only way to dissuade the Jews fom further concessions to to put them under fire. Jews under fire generally reject further concessions whereas Jews living in secure prosperity always advocate cencessions. So he gave the Arabs all the incentives necessary to fire on the Jews. Since then operation defensive shield has yielded significant emigration of Arabs from Israel, while in the south the policy of unilateral defeat and the terror campaign which inevitably followed induced a complete closure on Arab immigration from Gaza via the instrument of marriage with Arabs already enjoying the success of the Right of Invasion.
  • Whenever the peace and prosperity seem to edge the Jews to concessions the powers that be see to it that those alleviation of Arab suffering lead immediately to some terrorist action that requires re-clamping.

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