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    • Brian
    • 30.05.05 | 18:03 (IDT)

    Danite, I've always believed that the West Bank is a millstone around Israel's neck. The difficulty is how to safely remove the millstone. I used to believe that unilateral withdrawal to near the Green Line (or more recently to the proposed Camp David border) was the best option. Now I'm not so sure. Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank during the Oslo years, allowed Arafat to create a terrorist nation. Now, most Palestinians see the Gaza withdrawal as a triumph for terrorism. This makes it a defeat for peace. And I think we can expect the Palestinians to resume their war as soon the withdrawal is complete. I still tend to think the advantages of unilateral withdrawal outweigh the dangers, but I'm frankly not sure. I think it?s would be a good idea to stall as long as possible on the Gaza withdrawal. The longer it?s put off, the longer the calm will last and the longer Israel will have to complete the WB security fence. I also think it's essential for Israel to maintain control of porous borders such as the Gaza coast and the Philadelphia corridor. Jordan stops most smuggling from its territory, but Egypt just gives the terrorists a nod and a wink.

    from the article: Israel is helping the rise of Hamas
    First published 00:00 30.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 30.05.05
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