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Sunday, April 18, 2010

'No need to remove any settlements'

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe (Boogie) Yaalon told the JPost on Friday that there is 'no need to remove any settlements' in order to reach peace with the 'Palestinians.'
“If we are talking about coexistence and peace, why the [Palestinian] insistence that the territory they receive be ethnically cleansed of Jews?” Ya’alon asked during a wide-ranging interview that will appear in the Post’s Yom Ha’atzmaut supplement on Monday.

“Why do those areas have to be Judenrein?” he asked. “Don’t Arabs live here, in the Negev and the Galilee? Why isn’t that part of our public discussion? Why doesn’t that scream to the heavens?”

Ya’alon said that if Israel and the Palestinians were truly headed down the path of peace and coexistence, “Jews living in Judea and Samaria under Israeli sovereignty and citizenship” should be possible.

He stressed that “no settlement” should be removed, and that the country’s previous withdrawals – from Lebanon and from Gaza – strengthened Hizbullah and Hamas, respectively.

“That is opposed to our strategic interest and to the strategic interests of the West,” he said.
Forgive me, but I get nervous when I hear talk like that. It reminds me of the Sharon government's talk like that which was code for saying 'if you don't move out now, we will abandon you and you won't get any compensation when you are forced to leave.' That, in fact, was how Sharon attempted to prod revenants to leave Gaza in 2004 - 2005 before they were expelled. They offered 'increased' compensation to those who left early. It wasn't very successful in getting people out, but on the other hand, most of the people who were expelled still don't have homes in which to live and are now broke. So who won in that scenario?

And let's be serious: How much living in real peace would it take before any of us would be willing to trust the 'Palestinians' enough to want to live in an area under their control without the IDF?

So yes, in theory, if there was really going to be peace, Jews living in areas under 'Palestinian' rule in Judea and Samaria ought not to be an issue. But the fact that most of us regard Jews living in areas under 'Palestinian' rule as totally impossible shows just how far away true peace really is.


At 6:12 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The point is given genocidal preaching against Jews in the Arab World, a point Kenneth Levin has underscored is the real threat to a Mideast peace, the prospects the Arabs will live together in peace with and alongside the Jews are nil. That sums up how far away a real peace is in our generation.

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought he was saying that removing the settlements should not be an obstacle to peace...for israel has arabs, why cant palestine have jews?

simple as that

and the fact that those who were kicked out of gaza still do not have permanent homes or a livelihood is a shanda

btw, have the arabs yet built anything of substance on gush katif? and how are those greenhouses doing....you know the ones that basically most of israel could subsist upon, but for some reason dont yield enough for the palis to have decent food, so they have to build tunnels for fruits and vegetables....what a joke


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