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

Submitted by Donald W. Bales (United States), Jan 5, 2006 at 17:34

It is my opinion that Sharon's withdrawal from Gaza was a bad mistake. It may have simplified the tactical situation, that is, made it easier to protect Israel by shortening and defining the perimeter, but it was a colossal strategic blunder. It earned him no corresponding improvement in behavior by the Palestinians, it did not change the view of the Palestinian majority who want Israel destroyed, it gained him no credit with the Israel and Jew hating liberals in most of Europe and in much of the U.S.
What did he gain? Nothing or not much at the best.

What did he lose? Some modest control of Gaza and confirmantion to his foreign foes that terrorism works.
Rats respond to pain and pleasure-pain for undesired behavior and pleasure for desired behavior. Rats and humans have a lot of traits in common. Will breed until there are too many, will fight when cornered, are all over the world, and respond to the pain-pleasure principle. Why are these facts so hard for some to understand?

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