July 3, 2015
- Failing the “Land for Peace” Test – Clifford D. May
Ten years ago this summer, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to test the hypothesis that Israelis could trade “land for peace.” He ordered the evacuation of all Israelis from Gaza – forcibly removing those who refused to quietly leave. He hoped Gaza would become a peaceful place whose leaders would focus on economic development. If that happened, the argument for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank would become compelling. But if Gaza instead became a base for attacks on Israelis, they would be able to strike back hard – with the understanding and support of the international community.
That led to wars between Gaza and Israel in 2008, 2012, and 2014. Despite the fact that Israel was attacked, many in the West blame Israel. Based on this experience, most Israelis fear that withdrawal from the West Bank would be disastrous. From the West Bank, all of Israel’s major population centers could be targeted with mortars that no missile defense system can knock out. The writer is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. (Washington Times)
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