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I do not agree. Where Israel really went wrong- When it Returned the Sinai to Rely on Big Daddy USA

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Submitted by James Burke (Canada), Oct 12, 2007 at 06:43

The return of the Israeli developed Alma oil fields in the Sinai worth $100 billion and replacing this with annual handouts by the US was a terrible error. With these annual payments come constraints.

Israel gave up valuable real estate for very little. Maybe nothing. It slso makes Israel look small.

If Israel had placed nuclear missiles at the periphery edges, this would no doubt deflate any ideas on the Egyptians to re-enter the Sinai.

With oil becoming very expensive , perhaps this $100 billion est. is undervalued.

If Israel had this land it would be very difficult for Hamas and Fatah to be so arrogant. Israel is now vulnerable from attack from Egypt , the West and the North. the Sinai could have been used not only for commercial purposes but also for military tests and a great land mas to launch strikes and rescues - COULD ISRAEL DO AN ENTEBBE TODAY? - HARD TO SAY GIVEN THAT IT FLEW OVER THE SINAI TO REACH IT.

As for as settling the West Bank and Gaza, where other land is available? Secondly having retained the Sinai and being an exporter of oil, hence certain countries become dependent upon it for oil, might reduce crticism from the so called " fair minded" people AND remove the pressure from returning any land ( including Sth. Lebanon).



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