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Israel can win, if it has the spine to.

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Submitted by Jason (United States), Apr 11, 2006 at 09:54

Israel can win in its fight against the Palestinians, but only if it has the spine to take a hard stand against the continued aggression of the Palestinian terrorists and their supporters. It involves a three-pronged approach.

First, complete the security fence. Its existence has already reduced the number and frequency of walking bombs. In order to make it truly effective, it will mean that Israel has to abandon certain settlements in the West Bank as being undefendable. The territorial losses can be offset by taking land from Palestinians while building the fence.

Step two is to introduce the Palestinians to the arbitrary and capricious nature of terrorism. Every time there is a walking bomb, a rocket attack, whatever, Israel responds with a single artilery round drop randomly within the Palestinian areas. No more sending young IDF troopers to die in these dung heaps.

And when I say make the shelling random, I mean totally random. Put a big map of the Palestinian territories up on the wall at IDF headquaters. When an attack happens, whoever is in the situation room throws a dart at the map*. Those coordinates are transmitted to the nearest artillery battery, which immediately fires one round. That round could land anywhere from a farmer's field, to a crowded maketplace, to a school: totally arbitrary and capricious, and within minutes of the attack on Israel.

Step three involve territorial retribution. Every time there is an attack, Palestinian land is taken back. Israel gets back 10 hectares for the attack (1 hectare equals 2.47 acres for Americans), plus 1 hectare for each person injured or killed (thereby elevating the injury of an Israeli citizen to be comparable with the killing of an Israeli citizen). All Palestinians living on this land are removed to Palestinian territory. This would mean that a walking bomb that kills 5 people and injures a dozen more would cost the Palestinians the permanent loss of 27 hectares (66.7 acres) and the displacement of who-knows-how-many of their people.

Over a period of time, this would lead to one of only two possible results. The first result is that the Palestinians would quickly realize that they are on the endangered species list. They would either have to change their ways or cease to exist.

The second result is that the Palestinians get hard-headed and continue/step up the attacks. In that case, they get taken off the endangered species list be being made extinct. They would either learn to live peacefully with Israel as a neighbor, or they would no longer be part of the neighborhood.

And what does Israel do if, after all Palestinians have been pushed out of Gaza and the West Bank, the attackes continue? Then Israel applies this same three-pronged approach to its Arab neighbors.

Could this make Israel more hated by its enemies? I think this group has pretty much reached the concensus that such is just not possible. So what has Israel got to lose?


* I hereby publicly claim any copyrights associated with the reality television show and lottery game that are sure to arise from this action.
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