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The devil is in the details

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Submitted by Moshe Even-Shoshan (United States), May 16, 2006 at 23:56

Daniel Pipes has done the issue a great service by citing Caroline Glick's cogent analysis of and arguments against Olmert's so-called "convergence" plan. Further details have been provided recently by the website debka.com, which revealed more problems inherent in "convergence".

What must also be noted is that simply maintaining large Jewish settlement blocks will not only contribute nothing to Israel's security, it will severely detract from security. That is because it would vitiate the purpose of Jewish settlement, which Yigal Alon made clear years ago--to secure Israeli strategic control of the West Bank, to deny it to a foreign army and to ensure that any attempt to change this situation would involve a clear casus belli. This goal could be achieved with minimal settlement in the West Bank, as long as that ensured first and foremost control of the Jordan Valley and the mountain slopes leading down to it . The other important requirement, as pointed out by Carol Glick, is control of roads.

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