“Disengagement” – the Impact on US interests and Middle East Instability

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #167, September 09, 2004

1. The Mideast perceives "Disengagement" (from No. Samaria and Gaza) to be a retreat, cut & run, appeasement, rewarding terrorism and uprooting of Jews, rather than a moderating step.  In a region which tolerates only deterrence-driven (rather than concession-driven) peace – as evident in inter Arab relations - "disengagement" would mean a setback to peace and a tailwind to terrorism. US interests and values are best served by conducting a Mideast policy based on realism and facts, rather than on wishful-thinking and myth. 

Land-for-Peace (L-F-P) – a Politically Incorrect Examination

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #166, August 22, 2004

1. Israel constitutes 0.2% (11,000 sqm) of the Arab League members (5.56MN sqm), which are 150% and 130% larger than the US and Europe respectively (and that does not include the 643,800 sqm of Iran). The L-F-P formula assumes that Israel should concede its scarcest asset – territory – while the Arabs are expected to accord Israel that which they have not shared with one another since the 7th century – compliance and peaceful co-existence.

Gaza – an Integral Part of the Land of Israel

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #165, August 22, 2004 1. The current Jewish community of Kfar Darom was established on the site of the 3rd-4th century AD Talmudic Jewish town of Kfar Darom (The Talmud's Massekhet Sota' referred to the sage Eliezer the son of Yitzhhak of Kfar Darom).  At the end of the 19th century, the land of Kfar Darom (“The Village of the South” in Hebrew) was acquired by Tuvia Miller from Rehovot, who transformed swamps into a blossoming orchard. 

Sharon Erring and Misleading

Ynet Hebrew Edition, August 18, 2004

The proposed Disengagement (from Gaza and N. Samaria) will not be on the agenda of the Democratic or Republican conventions.  It does not gain the attention of the US electorate, US legislators, the US Presidents or the democratic challenger, unless the Israeli prime minister raises the issue. Prime Minister Sharon conceived the idea of disengagement and forced it upon the US during four months of lobbying.

Gaza – Security Wise and Historically Part of Israel

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #164, August 15, 2004 1. REDUCING TERRORIST PLATFORM. Israel's re-control of Gaza (given up in 1993) would REDUCE hate education (engine of homicide bombing), recruitment and training of terrorism, terrorist maneuverability, manufacturing and smuggling of terrorist equipment. General Earle G. Wheeler, former Chairman of the Joint C-O-S: "The occupation of Gaza by Israel would reduce the hostile border by a factor of five, and eliminate a source for raids and training of [Palestinian terrorists]...
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