10) Israel has left Gaza. Altogether. There are no Israeli soldiers in Gaza. No roadblocks in Gaza. No Jews – Israel removed about 8,000 Jews from Gaza, including men, women and children, removing the Jewish dead from graveyards, destroying every single sign of Jewish presence from this land. Gaza is not a prison: Palestinians have access to the rest of the world via Egypt.
9) The Palestinians could have used all the billions of dollars of international aid to build a new, free, democratic, wealthy society in Gaza. To invest in education, in welfare of the Palestinian citizens, in building houses where Jewish settlements used to be.
8) The withdrawal from Gaza was a test case for the Palestinians’ ability to have independence and control over their own lives. They have full authority in Gaza. They can live in peace and take care of civil matters, while continuing to negotiate over the West Bank.
7) Instead, the Palestinian people voted for Hamas, and by that, have demonstrated that they prefer the destruction of Israel to negotiation for peace [read the Covenant of Hamas].
6) Israel was left with no choice but to cut all ties with the Palestinian Authority – how can Israel negotiate with an authority that does not recognize her right to exist and wishes to destroy her? [Really, read the Covenant of Hamas].
5) Palestinian terror groups continue to shoot missiles at Israeli cities, even more missiles than before Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, proving that the occupation is just an excuse for violence.
4) Israel, like any other country in the world, has to defend her citizens and stop the shooting at Israeli citizens.
3) Since Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza is complete, the only option left is to shoot back at Palestinian terrorists who shoot missiles at Israeli cities.
2) The Palestinian terrorists are shooting from populated Palestinian areas, hiding amongst civilians, and therefore risking these civilians’ lives.
1) Israel, while aiming only at terrorists, unintentionally kills Palestinian citizens (as opposed to Palestinian terrorists, who aim at Israeli citizens.) The world blames Israel.
Conclusion: In the judgment of the international community, Israel is doomed, no matter what action she takes. Israel can leave every inch of Gaza, removing about 8,000 Jews from their homes, leaving the Palestinians in Gaza to live in complete freedom, including access to the rest of the world via Egypt. It doesn’t matter -- Israel will still be blamed for every step she takes in self defense, militarily, to defend against rockets launched against her civilians, from Gaza, the same area from which she withdrew. Moreover, Israel is also blamed by the international community and accused of unilateralism, for further plans she has to try and disentangle herself from the Palestinian population (the “hitkansut” plan). Basically, Israel can’t win for losing. If she tries to separate from the Palestinians unilaterally, it’s no good. If she tries to defend herself from missile launching against her civilians, it’s no good. If she does nothing, it’s also no good (stagnation). Even the anti-terror fence, certainly the most passive of defense measures imaginable, is “unacceptable” in the eyes of the world.
No matter how many civilians die in Sudan, Iraq, Chechnya, Tibet and many other parts of the world, Israel, which does more than any country in the world to minimize civilian casualties, alone will be criticized as the immediate victim of the international community’s double standards. This chronicle of blame foretold means that Israel must follow only her own moral compass, therefore, and not wait for international approbation, which inevitably will fail to materialize.
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Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:13 am Unfortunately, you are 100% correct
If one is "damned if he does and damned if he doesn't" then one must NOT take into account enemy concerns and enemy demands when deciding what action to take. Critics - at least reasonable critics - would say that such a one sided policy ( sort of ridiculous when one's at war, don't you think) would drive away "moderates" among the palestinians. Well, could one point out a moderate? The last time I took notice, Abbas was blaming Israel for a massacre ( again) on the beach, praising "martyrs" and joining in the discussion on how to punish ( execute) "collaborators".
Israel needs to do whatever must be done and suffer the higher decibel level from the EU, UN and US. Better being "dragged over the coals" by kofi then burying Jews.
Israel has one responsibility and it is to safeguard her citizens. It is not to safeguard Hamas et al. Palestinians voted in a government opposed to the existence of Israel. If palestinians were Germans and Hamas was the National Socialist Party, I think Israel would know how to react.
This is the bottom line: Israel has no friends among palestinians. At best they see Israel as a place for a job. If they cannot gain materially from Israel it is not only of no use to them but their preference is to see it vanish. Israel owes them nothing except the responsibility of causing Israel pain and suffering. How many times will Israel stretch out its hand to be bitten? Enough is enough.
And don't forget their is a nuclear threat forming and this Hamas entity will assist Iran and Iran will assist Hamas.
It is time to use a different approach and let the chips fall as they may.