August 16, 2005

Goodbye Gaza

Jewish settlers gather during a final farewell ceremony as the sun sets behind the northern Gaza Strip settlement of Nissanit.(AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

I've been trying not to watch the withdrawal from Gaza. I have very mixed feelings about it. I didn't know I would feel such emotion about it, but I do.

On one hand, I know that the situation, as it stands, just can not last. How long can Gaza be Israel but not really Israel, Palestine when there is no Palestine? How can the settlers continue to live when they need the protection of the army just to survive?

An Israeli border police officer cries during clashes with opponents to Israel's Gaza withdrawal in the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim, in the Gush Katif settlement bloc, in the southern Gaza Strip(AFP/Pool/Sebastian Scheiner)

A Jewish settler weeps on an Israeli soldier's shoulder during scuffles in the Neve Dekalim settlement in the Gush Katif bloc of Jewish settlements, in the southern Gaza Strip, August 16, 2005. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

On the other, it's just heartbreaking to watch these soldiers kick people out of their homes, soldiers who call the settlers their brothers and cry as they remove them. It bothers me that this concession is being made with little promised in return. I am unhappy that the message we are sending to the Palestinians is that they are the only group of people on earth who can not live with a minority population the way, say, Arabs, live in Israel. And, of course, the Hamas protests featuring their famous masked gunmen, have begun in earnest.

Palestinian militants from the Hamas movement march during a rally in the early celebrations for Israel's imminent pullout from Gaza in front of the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim in the southern Gaza Strip August 16, 2005. Palestinian celebrations in recent days and a rally organised by the militant Islamic group Hamas drew about 4,000 people, including dozens of gunmen in the town of Khan Younis, adjacent to heavily fortified Neve Dekalim. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

If abandoning Gaza leads to peace, if this is the turning point that we'll look back on when the Middle East has flourished and peace reigns, then fine, this land was given up for Israel to exist in peace. But, really, I can't help but think the move will be regretted and that Ariel Sharon's legacy will be that of a duped compromiser. This is a situation where I really wish I'm wrong.


More on Gaza:

Jeff Harrell


Kesher Talk

Roger Simon

Little Green Footballs

And make sure to read this site, live from Israel.

Posted by Karol at August 16, 2005 11:52 PM | TrackBack
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They aren't the first people to be evicted. It sucks but it is not the end of the world. People call Americans crass for putting a dollar sign on everything. However, by doing so, someone can be compensated and you don't fight over some piece of rocky dirt. Now, I understand this would not apply so easily for jews and Israelis with the world's history of anti-semitism and genocide against them. I also admit to being somewhat bias in that I only see photos/videos of Palistian occupied Gaza and it always looks like a complete hellhole inhabited by insane people. I'd move.

Posted by: ll at August 17, 2005 11:24 AM

1.3 million Palestinians
6,000 Jews.

You do the math.

Now Israel has 1.3 million less Palestinians and the population of Jews has stayed the same. That is a good thing.

Posted by: Downtown Lad at August 17, 2005 01:49 PM

There may not be a straight line between the Gaza pullout and Peace. If the line is circuitous, fine, so be it. As long as the end is a safe Israel and Israelis protected from the Palestinian monsters.

If the pull out does not eventually lead to a steady state of peace for Israel, then perhaps the next step will be to nuke the Palestinians. If so ...

So be it.

Posted by: paul a'barge at August 18, 2005 11:15 AM

If the pull out does not eventually lead to a steady state of peace for Israel, then perhaps the next step will be to nuke the Palestinians. If so ...

Or get ready to welcome a few million refugees from Israel.

Posted by: Patrick at August 18, 2005 05:13 PM

I am reserving judgment on this. In as much as I disagree with having to further reduce the already miniscule Israel, maybe Ariel Sharon has something to prove from this disengagement which remains to be seen. My only hope is that the MSM - especially the BBC and CNN - would quit shamelessly trumpeting the "cause" of the Palestinians that the contested (i would not want to say "occupied") lands of Gaza and the West Bank were "taken" by Israel from them as if Israel took the lands out of whim. The fact that Israel captured those lands from the Six-Day War in 1967 - which Israel won in a stunning fashion - INITIATED against Israel by 8 Arab Countries should be part of the whole picture being painted by the insufferable MSM. Does this fact not count at all in the accounting of things especially when the left-wing tools called the MSM start to blame Israel for the "suffering of the Palestinians"?

Posted by: Liz at August 23, 2005 09:51 PM

I'm going to use a couple of pictures you have posted at your site.



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