Tags: Sharon's | Gaza | Withdrawal | Unprecedented | Cruel | Dangerous

Sharon's Gaza Withdrawal Unprecedented, Cruel, Dangerous

Wednesday, 25 May 2005 12:00 AM

If Israel were to suddenly "ethnically cleanse" itself of 8,000 Arabs, utterly destroying their communities, we suspect the ADL would not be taking out ads in celebration of Sharon's "vision and courage."

When Meir Kahane proposed "transfer" as the solution to the problem of Israel's Arab minority, the government's morally outraged reaction was to strip him of his right to run for the Knesset.

We don't recall the ADL coming to the defense of Kahane's freedom of speech let alone praising him for "vision and courage."

After three of the Cohen children lost four limbs in a terror attack on their school bus, and lay in a Jerusalem hospital for many months, their mother Noga wavered about returning to their home in Kfar Darom.

She reports that Prime Minister Sharon told her that for the sake of Israel she must return, and the family did so. And now Sharon tosses the family, which has sacrificed so much, out of their home?

How would Mr. Foxman go about forcing out this family? Would he have police drag out these children? Sharon's behavior does not display courage but moral turpitude.

Daniel Pipes points out that what Sharon is doing is historically unprecedented: no other democracy has forcibly removed thousands of its own citizens from their lawful homes.

And the Gaza and northern Samaria evictions are only a precursor: Sharon clearly plans to evict many more thousands of Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria.

The ADL ad lauds Sharon for "the risks you are willing to take at this crucial time." But the ADL should not be fawning over Sharon for engaging in policies that are as strategically insane as they are morally infamous.

U.S. officials report that Sharon has emphasized to President Bush and others in the administration that he fears an expected U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in 2006 will trigger a Middle East war against Israel with Iran in the vanguard.

As Aaron Lerner of Independent Media Review and Analysis points out, how can someone who anticipates an all-out war against his state "invite Egypt to station its army a few kilometers from Ashkelon - with attack helicopters, armored vehicles, anti-tank missiles etc., retreat from the Gaza Strip so that it can become what Israeli security people term a 'land based Karine A' [the ship Israel intercepted loaded with weapons headed for Gaza] with rockets that will first reach Ashkelon and then Ashdod - and then create a similar situation in northern Samaria?"

And the army's top echelon has emphasized that as soon as Israel leaves Gaza, a huge new wave of terror will be launched.

If the risks are obvious, Sharon has been unable to name a single benefit. On the contrary, by his actions, Sharon endorses the premises of Israel's bitterest enemies. In leaving Gaza he endorses their claim that Israel is an oppressive power, occupying land that rightfully belongs to Arabs.

He reinforces the Hamas/Hezbollah/Islamic Jihad conviction that terror pays rich dividends. He encourages international pressures for more and deeper retreats. As Daniel Pipes sums up: "Mr. Sharon betrayed the voters who supported him, wounding Israeli democracy.

He divided Israeli society in ways that may poison the body politic for decades hence. He aborted his own successful policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians. He delivered Palestinian, Arab and Muslim rejectionists their greatest boost ever. And he failed his American ally by delivering a major victory to the forces of terrorism."

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