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

Submitted by Kenneth S. Besig (Israel), Apr 12, 2005 at 03:32

Mr. Sharon is quick to point out to his detractors and opponents of his plan to unilaterally ethnically cleanse the Gaza Strip and the Northern Shomron of their Jewish citizens, that even under a negotiated agreement with the Palestinian Authority, these small and isolated settlements would more than likely be given up anyway. In this event that would be the right way to handle this important moral and legal process, that is, quid pro quo.

Terrritorial compromise usually means that both sides make some territorial, financial, security, diplomatic, or even political concessions so that both sides end up satisfied with at least part of their shopping list, and these sorts of compromises are never carried out under fire because the side that concedes is always the weaker side, a situation which inevitably results in further violence in order to extract more concessions. This is of course the worst possible wrong way to handle the issue of the forced removal of Jews from their homes.

Mr. Sharon, like every single Israeli government which has preceded him, has found a way to combine the absolute worst aspects of the right way to do things with the absolute worst way to do the wrong thing, thus ensuring the continuation, and even the worsening of the present Palestinian terror war. Indeed, the more I watch this tragedy unfold, and the more I hear from Mr. Sharon himself and his advisors about the expected renewal of the PLO terror war just as the pullout from Gaza and the Shomron is to begin, I begin to wonder if maybe that is Mr. Sharon's real goal.

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