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The human and long-term social costs glossed over

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

Submitted by Raphael Pinto (Canada), Aug 11, 2005 at 09:19

While I've heard a few good arguments in favour of "disengagement"; the cost of protecting the jewish communities there has simply become too great, when the IDF leaves Gaza and the jewish communities have been uprooted and the Kassam rocket attacks and terrorism continues (which they almost certainly will) this will give Sharon and the IDF all the reason needed to surround that hell-hole with heavy-duty artillery and pummel it into the ground, etc...barely a peep has been mentioned about the human cost to these thousands of jews in Gush Katif and northern Shomron;

1) They will lose homes and communities in which they built on empty sand dunes and have lived in for 30 years now.

2) They will lose their livelihoods and many will probably end up on the dole, they will have to endure the trauma of watching most of their physical property be bulldozed, the graves of their loved ones will be dug up. And do you think the government will compensate them properly?

3) Israel will be under even greater pressure to make more concessions to the antisemitic arab mass-murderers and abandon more communities, with the ultimate concession being the giving up of much of Jerusalem.

4) The added bitterness over the long-term across the political/religious divide which will take decades to heal.

All of this pain and anguish, and for what?


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