There are many cogent arguments for proceeding with the withdrawal from Gaza. Unfortunately, none of them take into account the Arab view. For a taste of what’s coming, I refer you to recent statements by senior Hamas official Mahmoud a-Zahar. He told the British Times that, “If Israel pulls out of Gaza, it will rerpresent a victory for the intifada, the armed struggle, because of the big sacrifices for Hamas for this goal. It was not because of negotiations, or the goodwill of Israel, or the Americans or the Europeans.” The interview continues with a-Zahar explaining that even if with the withdrawal out of Gaza, Hamas will not make peace with Israel. I never thought I would find myself agreeing with a Hamas leader.
Israel also has to take into account that Gaza will turn into another Arab thugogracy, this one run by Hamas. Gaza will become completely militarized with Egypt allowing a free flow of arms and gold. I predict that within two years Israel will have to invade Gaza all over again in order to counter the missles that will be lobbed over the border. These missles, for the meantime not terribly accurate, will become more effective and more lethal within a short period of time.
In the north, on the border with Lebanon, Hezbollah have twice violated Israel’s airspace with high-tech drones supplied by Iran, whose officially stated policy is the destruction of Israel. This is signifigant for Israel’s airspace has never been violated by any Arab air force. Arab fighter pilots are uniquely awful and it’s common for one Israeli pilot to down a whole squadron of Arab jets in one dogfight. But clueless Arab pilots are no longer in the equation. The drones are pilotless, and Hezbollah leaders have been boasting in public demonstrations that soon they will be able to arm these drones with TNT, chemical and biological weapons. No doubt, this technology will spread to Gaza and then Israel will find itself threatened on two fronts simultaneously. Not a pretty picture.
Meanwhile, last week there was a soccer match in Tel Aviv between a Jewish and an Arab team. The Israeli national Anthem, The Hatikvah, was not played for fear of offending Arab sensibilities. Somebody please tell me which Jewish moron made that decision? I mean, doesn’t he realize that these Arabs are loyal Israeli citizens?
I’m going to go and take a big pill. Something really strong. Reading what I just wrote has given me a vicious migraine.