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    • zeev
    • 23.01.07 | 03:45 (IST)

    "From what I know, Judea and Samaria is Jews' territory." (KUTW) You don't seem to know enough: The West Bank has never been ISRAELI territory. Time has come for you to realize this simple truth. "Stop terrorism, respect Israel, and we can discuss the ME issues in different terms." (KUTW) In his book "Trapped Fools: Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories", Shlomo Gazit wrote: "Until the outbreak of the intifada in 1987, the occupation seemed so trouble-free as to cause complacency." Retired Major General Shlomo Gazit must know what he is talking about. He was the first Coordinator of Government Operations in the territories (1967-74), has served as Head of Military Intelligence (1974-79), and then, went to be President of the Ben Gurion U in Beer-Sheva. Today, he is on the staff of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, of Tel Aviv University. "So trouble-free as to cause complacency", in my understanding, means that from June '67, until Dec '87, we had 20 years to "discuss the ME issues in different terms." We chose rather to launch our foolish settlement enterprise. Until the first upraising in the territories, no one in Israel had ever heard the name "Hamas". And now that there are settlements everywhere in the West Bank, and there is a Hamas government, we demand from the Palestinians to stop their terrorists. What for? So that we can allow them to establish their homeland in the empty spaces left between our settlements?

    from the article: The State of Judea
    First published 00:00 22.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 22.01.07
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