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Give the settlers a choice?

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

Submitted by Kalman Neuman (Israel), Apr 13, 2005 at 01:43

From your last posting, it seems that you think that it is legitimate for Israel to withdraw its military forces from Gaza, but not to require civilians to leave.

The obvious conclusion is that Israel could stand by when the settlers will be attacked by Palestinian forces causing a bloodbath on both sides. The realistic view of of Palestinian intentions usually provided by Pipes makes it impossible to leave the settlers without IDF defence.\

Last but not least, the fact that Gaza has not been annexed to Israel and is under Israeli military rule, that Israel itself has said that the settlments are not a transgression of international law because they are temporary, justifies their expulsion, if called for by the national good (| am not absolutely convinced that that is the case...)

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