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Submitted by Scott (Israel), Aug 8, 2005 at 02:38

The real issue isn't all the ones discussed above; it's another one - weapons of mass destruction. Israel cannot afford to allow Gaza the ability to import anything of its choice. This situation - real sovereignty - will enable the Hamas followers in Gaza, along with Al Queda (see recent news stories about Al Queda in Gaza) to seek to bring nuclear weapons into Gaza. With just minimal rockets, they will be able to destroy any Israeli city from there, and certainly Tel - Aviv. That is why this withdrawal may be very deadly for Israel.

If Israel were dealing with a reasonable population, she may be able to take this chance. But Hamas is not reasonable. They are utter fanatics, and if there is anyone who are willing to use nukes preemptively, it would be them or the Iranians, or Bin Laden himself.

Do you think the US would permit an 'Al Qeuda' state directly on its borders? It wouldn't matter what human rights issues existed - the possibility of your enemy decimating you would preclude, both morally and politically and militarily, all other considerations.

The is the gist of why Netanyahu resigned from the government. Short term - it will just be rockets with regular explosives (as if that were ok!), but long term, there is a real risk of weapons of mass destruction being launched from Gaza. It's just too risky.

Scott
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