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Yes to unilateral abandonement

Reader comment on item: [Israel's Gaza Withdrawal:] A Democracy Killing Itself

Submitted by Richard Gordon (Canada), Aug 15, 2005 at 11:59

I disagree with Daniel Pipes on this issue. Three weeks or so before Sharon announced his policy, I wrote Gordon, R. (2003). Unilateral abandonment. israelinsider (December 4): It is, indeed, not a move towards peace, but perhaps towards war and resolution of the impasse. Palestinian rejectionists will always see the "brighter side" in everything that Israel does. I am surprised that Daniel Pipes is so concerned about what they think, or that anything the Israelis do will make them more intent on reaching their goals. The real question is whether unilateral acts strengthen them militarily or not. Their mental state is irrelevant.
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