Is Gaza such a compromise? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Shaul
    • 20.05.05 | 22:03 (IDT)

    From internal Israeli politics and culture, Gaza appears like a great step, and it is. But in the broader scheme, what is it, really? Recently, a Pal. from Gaza was asked about this "compromise." "Gaza, a compromise?" he said, "the Israelis never had Gaza to begin with?" In fact, this is true. 8,000 Israeli's verses 1.6 million Pal. is not "having anything." Yes, Israel had military control but it was always a pawn to be given up. Everyone (even the settlers) knew that. The new book on the settler movement Adonei Ha-Aretz makes this clear. But again, for Israel to say "ok, we've given up Gaza (not even historic Erez Israel) now you must completely transform your society before we do anything else" is ludicrous. Like many on the left I support disengagement as a beginning. But even if it doesn't work, Israel will never go back into Gaza. What for? We never really wanted it to begin with.

    from the article: Something for everyone - to hate
    First published 00:00 20.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 20.05.05
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