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Reader comment on item: The Forcible Removal of Israelis from Gaza

Submitted by Michael Radu (United States), Apr 11, 2005 at 16:47

The Israeli settler presence in Gaza is the result of Israeli government decisions years ago to encourage, indeed subsidize settlers. Since no Israeli government EVER claimed Gaza, that settlement was a result of Israeli policy - not some true, valid or even arguable Jewish claim to Gaza, which has never been made by Israel - as opposed to the West Bank. Hence, what government gave, government can take away. That is both law and common sense.

One may argue, ideologically or strategically, with Sharon's decision to pull out from Gaza - and strategically the argument against is probably valid. HOWEVER, there is no legal argument against a democratic government's decision to pull out.

Hence the implication that, somehow, the Israeli government's decision to pull out of Gaza is anti - democratic and anti -Jewish -and to continue, once again at the expense of the taxpayers, to subsidize the settlers it had encouraged to settle there in the first place, could be offered as an example of government stupidity - but against Jewish inetrests ? A BIG stretch.

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