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Ambivalence

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Submitted by Martin Schneer (United States), Dec 23, 2003 at 11:08

I don't necessarily see this apparent new policy as rewarding terrorism. How about the demographic issues, how about the never ending need for Israelis to send their young men to rule over this growing Palestinian population. It is easy for us to sit here and tell the Israeli to continue this policy without end.
Building a fence the Palestinians are not happy about should limit Israeli civilain deaths and provide greater security. Israel is strong enough to admit that there never was any good justification to be Gaza, and that it is time to pull out of Palestinain population centers. True peace can only be negoitiated, and if they are not ready for it at least let's protect our people. Bush may have helped turn the time against Arab despots and perhaps now time may be on Israel's side.
My only concern is that bombs can be lobbed over any fence. My recommendation is to respond with aerial bombardment as we did in Afghanistan that does not put Israeli soldiers at risk.
I think this is a good move by Sharon and perhaps most importantly one that I believe will be supported by a majority of Israelis. At least that is what my two visits to Israel this year tells me.
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