Will The Isreali Pullout of Gaza End Terror There?
For those of you who don't know, it's because neither Syria or Jordan has ever promised not to attack Isreal again. After the war ended, the Isreali's immediately offered to give back all the land they had won in a war they didn't start if the agressors, Egypt, Syria and Jordan, promised to stop making war on them. None agreed. When the Camp David accords were signed, Egypt got back the Sinai because they finally promised to stop attacking Isreal. Syria and Jordan, however, have been using the Isreali occupation of those lands as a reason to forment hatred of the Jews in the Arab world. It's more useful to them for the Isreali's to keep the land because it works up their population into a frenzy against Isreal to keep the attention off how corrupt Syria and Jordan are. When I pointed all this out to by interrogator, she called me a racist and huffed off. I informed my friend of this exchange, who is half-Iraqi, half-Isreali. The friend was not seen at an of her parties again. I was.
Why am I telling this tale? Because Isreal is about to start pulling out of Gaza on it's own. On August 15th, Isreal will reomve it's own settlers from area and give it to the Palestinians. Without any of the previous conditions being met. It had caused some great upheavel in Isreali politics. with former Prime Minister and Cabinet Member Bibi Netnyahau quiting the government the other day. But they are doing it anyway. Today Daniel Pipes wonders if this will change the amount of terror directed at Isreal. It's an important question, because, as I said above, the common complaint from Isreal's detractors is centered around the "illegal" occupation of Gaza. Will people like the one I debated at the party stop complaining about Isreal after this pullout occurs, and, more imprtantly, are the right that the level of violence will decrease because the "injustice" is gone? Pipes doesn't think so. I hope so, but am not optimistic. It's a question that should be asked today though, because Isreal is showing it really wants peace. How will anti-Isreal members of both the Left and Right respond? I might have to wait to the next party over Labor Day to find out.