What is This Retreat For?

Since the withdrawal plan was announced, we have witnessed the escalation of demands made by the PA and an increase of terror acts. We are led to believe that the evacuation of 8,500 Jews from Gaza will 'reduce' Arab terrorism and will save money and Jewish lives. Let's examine these justifications closely.

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Steven Shamrak

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In order to achieve any goal it is necessary to have one in the first place. Any minute act in our life is preceded by intention to realize a goal. What is the goal of the planned Israeli withdrawal from Gaza? It would be reasonable to assume that it is objective is peace. But we have not heard of any negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. There was not even a promise of a hudna, the Arab promise of tactical ceasefire.

Since the withdrawal plan was announced, we have witnessed the escalation of demands made by the PA and an increase of terror acts. We are led to believe that the evacuation of 8,500 Jews from Gaza will 'reduce' Arab terrorism and will save money and Jewish lives. Let's examine these justifications closely.

Withdrawal will reduce terror acts committed by Arab Palestinians.

Unfortunately, most of the reputable political, intelligence and military experts and analysts, including from the General Security Services (GSS/Shin Bet) and the IDF, predict an increase of terrorism and anarchy in Gaza after withdrawal.

It will save Jewish lives.

The uncontrollable supply of weapons through the border with Egypt and the flow of deadly cargo through the proposed Gaza port will bring a more deadly and sophisticated arsenal into the hands of Arab terrorists. There will be rocket-propelled grenades, artillery, Katyushas and high-grade explosives for suicide belts.

It will save money.

Israel is already wasting millions on additional security and construction of the new security roads. Just a new fence upgrade will cost up to $220 million dollars. Add to that compensations to those who have been stripped of their property and businesses, the loss of revenue from border taxes, the loss of the $100-million-dollar economy of 21 Jewish communities.

What are the negative consequences of the Gaza-Samaria withdrawal?

1. The withdrawal will create the precedent of ethnic cleansing of Jews by Jews, and the abandonment of Jewish ancestral land.

2. It is a public relation disaster, which creates a shocking image of Israel.

3. It is already undermining Jewish national unity.

4. It is encouraging the enemies of the Jewish people, not only Arabs, to persist with their anti-Israel campaign, aimed at the destruction or weakening of the Jewish state.

5. It is possible that the deportation of Jews from Gaza contradicts the Fourth Geneva convention and can be qualified as a crime against humanity.

6. Deployment of the Egyptian army at the border with Gaza endangers the demilitarization of Sinai agreed upon in the Camp David Accords.

History teaches us that when Jews give something up, it is almost impossible to get it back. It took us 2,000 years to come back to Palestine, but still we are not allowed to be in charge of our land.

Some are trying to justify withdrawal by saying that it is the first step toward the "two states, one land" solution. But even supporters of withdrawal realize the impossibility of the idea of life next to the Arabs without checkpoints.

Let us be generous and assume that it will work. That does not explain why it is necessary to transfer Jews from "Arab-controlled" land. At the same time, why should Arabs remain on "Jewish-controlled land"? The withdrawal contradicts and undermines the idyllic picture of the happy co-existence of two nations - Arabs and Jews ? living in harmony and love, next to each other.

I do want peace in Israel, but with all my vivid imagination, I am not able to visualize it as long as Arab hate dwells next to and inside of the Jewish state.

By repeating the same actions, one will get the same results. Why would the same misguided and impotent plans already pursued bring peace to Israel? The question still remains: what are we sacrificing the Jewish national dream, Jewish unity and Jewish lives for?


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