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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Quick thoughts on Gaza

THIS IS THE WORST POLITICAL MISCALCULATION THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!

Pulling out of Gaza will not stop a single terrorist attack. Instead this will INCREASE terrorism in Israel. I know that Ariel Sharon is trying to send the message that he wants peace and is willing to negotiate, but I think that he is actually sending a different message to Hamas and company: If you kill enough of our people, then we'll give in to your demands. Hamas will then increase their bloody campaign of terror, because now they have evidence that their strategy works! Hamas and, to a lesser extent, the Palestinian Authority both have as their goal the total, utter and complete destruction of Israel. If you don't believe me, then I suggest you read the PLO charter, which has NOT been purged of anti-Israel rhetoric as demanded by the Oslo Accords. By leaving Gaza, Israel has given the terrorists hope that they can eventually remove Jews from the entirety of Israel. This is not fair to settlers, it is not fair to Israel, and it is not fair to the Palestinians in Gaza who will lose their jobs and be subjected to a new wave of anti-Israel propaganda as a result of this pullout.


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3 Comments:

At Wed Aug 17, 06:02:00 PM MDT, Anonymous Alex Valentine said...


Ariel Sharon is trying to send the message that he wants peace and is willing to negotiate, but I think that he is actually sending a different message to Hamas and company: If you kill enough of our people, then we'll give in to your demands

Its that kind of mentality that creates an environment where a state of peace can never be achieved. To me the Gaza withdrawal is the smartest move made by an Israeli PM since Rabin.

 
At Wed Aug 17, 10:21:00 PM MDT, Blogger ElephantMan said...

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At Wed Aug 17, 11:49:00 PM MDT, Blogger ElephantMan said...

"To me the Gaza withdrawal is the smartest move made by an Israeli PM since Rabin."

Personally, I cannot see how evacuating Gaza without asking the Palestinians to give something in return is a smart move. Since you left such a brief post, you did not leave any facts to back up your argument. If you can provide a factual basis for your opinion, then I am all ears. This is how I see it:

Neither the Palestinian Authoutity or Hamas is offering any concessions, so this cannot be a step toward peace.

Hamas has spent the day holding victory rallies proclaiming that their actions had driven the Israelis from Gaza and that the violence would not stop (which is what I predicted). They do not see that Israel is offering an olive branch, they see that they have finally scared Israel out of Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority has also not given up on its "right of return" policies, which basically advocates Palestinian settlements in Israel. I beleive that this should have been the linchpin of any deal involving the Gaza settlements.

Hamas and the PA do necessarily want peace (for proof, check out my link to Palestinian Media Watch). They want Israel to make concessions without offering a single concession themselves. In my view, that is the kind of mentality which prevents peace.

 

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