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'The Day After'?

Reader comment on item: My Peace Plan: An Israeli Victory
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Submitted by Fred Schlomka (Israel), May 17, 2010 at 10:03

I like Mr. Said's challenge for Mr. Pipes. Let's say that Israel engages in a final all out war and wins decisively. I agree that they have the power to do this. I know my government and the IDF all too well. Then what? Do you have a vision for the future? Speculate a little Mr. Pipes. What kind of peace would you like to see Israel impose after utterly crushing the Palestinians. Where are the new borders after the war. What of the remaining Arab populations in what is now Israel and the West Bank. What would you like to see happen? Let me propose some outcomes:
1. An all out war to defeat forever the Arabs in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel will undoubtably involve massive air strikes on the cities killing hundreds of thousands of people.
2. This will result in a massive movement of Arabs fleeing the country, probably augmented by an Israeli expulsion policy, similar to 1948.
3. The remnants who remain could be confined to certain areas, perhaps similar to today's Area 'A' in the West Bank.
4. A draconian regime of control could then be imposed that will make today's restrictions seem like mild rules.
5. Massive takeover of addition Arab-owned lands in Israel and the West Bank and settlement of additional hundreds of thousands of Israeli Jews in new towns and cities.
6. Complete and eternal control by Israel of all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River.

There are many here (in Israel/Palestine) who are already predicting such a scenario. Of course the surrounding Arab countries will not stand idle during this war. Despite Israel's 'pleas' for them to ignore the situation, Many countries will step in with attacks on Israel. So next the IDF will need to devastate Lebanon, Syria, Iran, and maybe a few other countries. All of them have missiles targeting Israel's population centers, for which there is little defence. So faced with the threat of hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties, a few tactical nukes may have to be used against 'Arab aggression'. There goes the neighborhood. . . . .

Mr. Pipes. - With all due respect. Do you really expect anything different in an all out war?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

You are putting the notion of a "final all-out war" into my mouth. Read carefully what I wrote before replying to it, please.

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