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This is sending a message that terrorism works.

Reader comment on item: [The Gaza Withdrawal:] A Democracy Killing Itself

Submitted by Nicola (United Kingdom), Aug 15, 2005 at 16:08

In an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trau (March 31, 1977) PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein stated that;

"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism. It is also been a "conceptual" war for ownership of the term "Palestinian" which has been transferred over to the Arabs whereas, before 1967, "Palestine" has always been synonymous with Eretz Israel and the Land of Israel. "

"For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."

This attitude is still prevalent today, and with this withdrawl we are sending a clear message that terrorism is an effective means to an end. I believe that palestinian terrorist activity will only increase as it has done over the past few months.
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