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the king is dead; long live the king

Reader comment on item: [After Sharon:] Israeli Politics Will Revert to Its Past

Submitted by John W. Mcginley "Nathan" for this particular comment (United States), Jan 5, 2006 at 12:30

My prayers continue for the well being of Ariel Sharon. But his time is over. He understood that it would be years and years before the Palestinians would get their act together and that it would be suicidal for Israel to wait for that situation to materialize. He was not seeking peace, really, with the Palestinians. He was seeking "disengagement" and the de facto forming of realistic final borders for Israel, with or without a peace partner. His decision on Gaza was in the service of that realistic goal.

The only one who really understood this overall strategy was his defense minister and people who care for the future of Israel should rally around this good man. It is pretty clear which areas of the West Bank are going to be annexed into a greater Israel (with or without peace with the Palestinians). Geography and size of population centers will mostly determine the outcome. I pray for one non-pragmatic exception. There should forever be a lively, thriving, comfortable, safe, and secure Jewish community in WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS (INCLUSIVE THEREFOF OF THE GREAT TOMB) of Khevron with comforatble egress and ingress to Jerusalem and other parts of a Greater Israel. The small-spirited hysterics of the religious right went on and on about the land of the Philistines (Gaza). That was a stupid arguemnt. But the argument for Khevron is astounding, Biblically and Historically (ancient and modern). And as testimony that the Jewish settlement which was so cruely wiped out in 1929 will not have been in vain. Nathan

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