Settlers - Used and Indulged Until They Became Inconvenient - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jane
    • 17.10.05 | 00:07 (IST)

    Although I believe in the ultimate return of most of the disputed territories for the creation of a Palestinian State, I do not malign the settlers for their choices. When those territories were settled, after routing surrounding Arab countries in the 6 Day and Yom Kippur Wars when Israel was attacked from all sides, it made sense to settle the new territory both for security and political reasons. I now see that times are very different and that the settlements and settlers served their purpose and then became a huge problem to Israel. The governments should have thought more about the future, 20-30 years on. No one is a fortune teller but they should have considered the possible consequences that we are now seeing. The settlers were doing their patriotic duty and have been encouraged all along the way by successive governments, both Labor and Likud. Now that they have become inconvenient many Israelis don't like the "monster" they have created. It is time to rethink the entire settlement notion and to bring it into the new century with a realistic view of the future. Most of them will have to move. We all know this. Maybe in a year, maybe a few years but they will have to move. Israel would do them a service to begin to prepare them now so they are able to begin new lives without the trauma we saw in Gaza. They deserve our gratitude and to be renumerated appropriately when the time comes.

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    First published 00:00 16.10.05 | Last updated 00:00 16.10.05
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