# Shalom Freedman, Is being Short Sighted - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dutch
    • 27.04.06 | 19:28 (IDT)

    "The idea that evacuating Jews from parts of Judea and Samaria will solve Israel `s Arab Demographic problem is not only immoral, it is mistaken. The evacuations plan will give Israel nothing in international terms. They will not set our borders" Shalom Freedman, Whether Olmert's plan will solve Israel's demographic problem is debatable. However, as Abba Eban pointed out in a New York Times, Op-ed in 1988 there are other implications for Israeli society which cannot be dismissed. Especially, if Israel hopes to be a significant player in the 21st century global age and global economy and that's where your argument seems short sighted to me. "If we insist on ruling an entire territory and population (which was never envisioned when we made the dramatic breakthrough to Jewish statehood), we shall soon lose our Jewish majority, our democratic principles, our hope of ultimate peace, the prospect of avoiding war, the maintenance of our international friendships; the durability of the Egyptian treaty relationship and any chance of a national consensus at home. The status quo is the least viable and the most catastrophic of all Israeli options." In addition, there is a huge legal and moral question here that cannot be dismissed. The settlements are in violation of international, the Fourth Geneva Convention and that law is as plain as daylight: "The occupying power shall not deport or transfer part of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies." Yet for 60 years the Israeli government has been building illegal settlements and sending illegal settlers into the territories they were not supposed too. Now isn't that just shameful behavior? Today, the world has lost its patience with Israel and in conjunction with the International court in the Hague (along with its boycotts and divestment movement) has told Israel it must stop its illegal and immoral behavior. Thus evacuating the settlers from the occupied territories is both morally and legally just. For 60 years the settlers have been living off the fat of Palestinian land and their presence have deprived the Palestinian people of their land and just rights. Indeed, the Israeli Army has helped to oppress and brutalized the indigenous people of Palestinian in their struggle to regain their land. How dreadfully shameful! Now if that isn't just down right illegal but immoral and evil! Thank You, Dutch

    from the article: And thank you to Hamas
    First published 00:00 27.04.06 | Last updated 00:00 27.04.06
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