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Response to Armand Laferrere

Reader comment on item: "Today Gaza, Tomorrow Jerusalem"

Submitted by Elizabeth (United States), Aug 10, 2005 at 12:46

In response to your comments about the points that are relevant:

1. The cost of security: The cost of security will only rise once the pull-out happens. Israel now has to protect its cities from Kassam attacks, homicide bombers etc... The loss of lives will be great. The pull-out only gives Hamas and the like places to attack from. They have vowed to attack, it WILL happen. The cost can only go up, not down.

2. The effect on public opinion: You said: "In Europe where I live, a large segment of the public tends to sympathize with the Palestinians because they see them as oppressed and Israel as an agressor."

To that point, the whole issue is how the world views the Palestinians. It wouldn't matter how much land Israel gives to the Palestinians. All that matters to them is Israel being there. As long as Israel is, a large segment of the public will always take up the Palestinian cause. Israel has made concession after concession, yet the world only hears what the Palestinians say, but they ignore the fact that terrorism thrives in Palestine. The public might smile on this pull-out, but give it a little time. Israel once again will be public enemy number one.

If the PLO can openly air videos on Shahada and ask their own children to become shahids, I highly doubt they could do ANYTHING to tarnish their image with the world. Remember, they say homicide bombers are a symptom of the greater problem--Israel. It's time for the world to stop appeasing terrorism and stand up and say NO MORE.
Ariel Sharon has done a great injustice to his fellow Israelis, he has allowed the enemy a place to kill more Jews from.

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