The defense minister talks with the king of Jordan at the Munich Security Conference about Middle East developments and possibilities of advancing the peace process.19:58 12.02.16 | 0 comments
I don't think holding on to Ariel and Maale Adumim now will make much of a difference once the Olmert policy is enacted. With the pullback behind the fence, Hamas would claim victory for the resistance, and will proceed to continue its campaign of terror. And not only Hamas; every Palestinian organization will learn the same lesson. The fence will put an end to suicide bombing, but major Israeli population centers will come within range of mortars and Qassams. This will probably be the weapon of choice, as well as attacks on the settlers left behind. (Strangely, Olmert promised Rabbi Bin-Nun recently that the fence will NOT be the actual border. Maybe he was lying.) All this disengagement is progress towards the final agreement. Fewer settlers to deal with. I just hope that as coalition partners, Labor does not allow the moved settlers to be resettled in controversial spots, such as near Ariel. Let them go to the Galil and Negev.