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Disengagement- Forcing the Palestinians to Choose, Not Israel.

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

Submitted by Yoram (United States), Aug 16, 2005 at 21:58

The disengagment is a risky venture, but far more for the Palestinians than Israelis. They must now govern themselves and address their horendous economy and social issues, all without the unifying factor of the occupation. At the same time, the Palestinian factions will be focused on gaining power and fighting amongst themselves.The weight of Gaza will make it impossible for the Palestinians to sustain the high level of terror necessary to convince Israel to cede more territory in Judea and Samaria, but make it easier for Israel to strike them hard. Sharon has been brilliant with regard to the fact that international support of the Palestinians will diminish if they cannot govern themselves in Gaza to international standards and that, at a time when American Foreign Policy seems to be returning to a Baker-like approach with Rice, American pressure for Israeli concessions is diminished and hard millitary action is less likely to be opposed if terrorism continues.

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