69 million page views

The Cost of security?

Reader comment on item: Sharon Loses His Way On Israeli 'Settlements'

Submitted by Manfred (United States), Feb 23, 2004 at 19:29

A crux of your second argument relies on this distinction which you make: Second, Mr. Sharon's intent to uproot Israeli habitations assumes that they pose a large, perhaps insuperable, barrier to a Palestinian-Israeli resolution. In contrast, I see them as a minor obstacle.

I was under the impression that part of the intent of pulling settlers out is that it is cost prohibitive to protect them where they currently are. Negotiations over the years have proven non-viable, and it seems the direction Israel is going is to take unilateral steps to ensure their long-term viability. If its to costly for the government to maintain its current presence in Gaza then it makes sense that they have to do what they have to do.

Relying on negotiation and trying to convince Palestinian arabs that its in their best interest not to teach their children to hate Israelis is currently futile.
Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to The Cost of security? by Manfred

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2021 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)