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

Submitted by Stephen Acker (Canada), Aug 16, 2005 at 14:58

Mr Pipes:

I agree with many of your positions but disagree with your views on Gaza.

Israel is a lot easier to protect from behind secure lines. The Gaza settlements were a huge mistake from the beginning. You don't insert 8000 zealots into the middle of hostile territory, never part of historic Eretz Israel, and protect them from harm with as many or more soldiers, without causing lasting harm to Israel's security and democratic principles. Sharon is less a turn-coat than a old warrior who has seen the light on how best to protect Israel's vital interests. I put my faith in him--though I disagree with most of his
policies--rather than in someone who lives in the relative safety of the USA.

Stephen Acker

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