May 17, 2016
- No to Unilateral Measures with the Palestinians – Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror
The prolonged stagnation in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has bred suggestions for “partial steps seeking to meet current challenges.” However, the majority of these suggestions include unilateral measures which are harmful and cannot help the situation. The proponents of this approach seem willing to pay a hefty price for meager results. Moreover, terrorism will only become worse, as it has after every Israeli concession.
In 2005, the proponents of the disengagement from Gaza explained how the unilateral move would win Israel precious points with the international community, but that did not last for more than a few months. When standing on the edge of a cliff, keeping still is better than stepping forward, and this is doubly true for the Middle East.
Israel should focus on improving the lives of the Palestinians, as well as on how to navigate the situation the day after PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ regime ends, as he has no heir apparent. The writer is a former Israeli national security advisor and former head of the IDF’s Research and Assessment Division. (Israel Hayom)