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Peace or Expulsion

Reader comment on item: Poll: Israelis Find the Security Establishment "Too Timid"

Submitted by David Ryan (United Kingdom), Jul 24, 2019 at 13:03

I notice that an option of expulsion of the Palestinians was not mentioned as a definition of Israeli victory in the poll. I suppose that is because advocating such expulsion is illegal in Israel. Legal or not, polled or not, that would qualify as a victory, whether or not it is necessary for victory.

The whole problem really is that expulsion is not on the table. It would inflame the Arab street. The West would call it "ethnic cleansing". Because of that however, the Palestinians have nothing to lose by keeping up low-level warfare in perpetuity.

This might be resolvable with progressive expulsion: irrevocably clear Palestinian occupied areas one block or hamlet at a time until they are ready to deal or swim. Victory and peace is then inevitable by any definition.

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1. We did not include this option because it is not realistic. Legality or illegality never occurred to us.

2. Throwing people off their land is not a way to victory. It's a way to revenge.

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