The stark facts are these: 8,000 Jewish settlers versus 1.3 million Arabs in Gaza. The IDF expends precious resources and the lives of soldiers defending settlements which have no compelling reason to exist. Have settlements brought Israel peace and security? Many would argue precisely the opposite. The entire world recognizes the rights of the Palestinian people for self-determination. Settlements have been a public relations nightmare as well as a strategic liability. The only sensible long term strategy is for Israel to extricate itself completely from Gaza, to eliminate the numerous small settlements dotting the West Bank, and to consolidate and annex the large settlements around Jerusalem. For various reasons, I'm in favor of Israel keeping the Golan in its entirety. (For starters, it is not recognized to be a human rights issue.) I feel sorry for settlers whose lives will be severely disrupted by the withdrawal from Gaza. But unless they wish to become citizens of a Palestinian state, with all the uncertainty that would entail, there's simply no alternative. Even Sharon sees the writing on the wall.
High Court: Illegal West Bank homes to be demolished (Haaretz)
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