Settling accounts in Gaza

I’ve been watching the painful Israeli pullout from the Gaza strip, and it’s been heartbreaking. Settlers are doing everything they can (well, everything short of violence, an occurrence that must be unique in that region) to dissuade the soldiers from serving them with their eviction notices.

While I was watching it, a thought occurred to me. Shortly after Israel was established, about 800,000 Palestinians fled the country and became the original “refugees.” But a lot didn’t leave, and they and their descendants are Israeli citizens (albeit reluctantly, in many cases).

So, with that historical precedent, why don’t the settlers just remain behind and become citizens of Palestine? If they don’t want to give up their Israeli identity, then perhaps a deal can be worked out where they can hold dual citizenships. They can become living symbols of the common dream of “two peoples, two states, side by side in peace.”

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But you KNOW that would never happen. The Palestinians would kill those settlers in a week. Everyone knows it, but nobody wants to come out and say it.

Go and look here. Using images and documents from the Palestinian Authority’s official newspapers and television stations, Palestinian Media Watch has put together exactly what the PA intends — and they do it in cartoons, in schoolbooks, in videos, and so on.

It’s amazing. They don’t even bother to hide their goal — a Judenrein homeland, from the Jordan to the Mediterranean.

And while Israel pulls its troops and civilians out of Gaza, which I think is around Step 37 of their commitments on the Road Map To Peace, the Palestinians are still stonewalling on Step One — crack down on the terrorists.

But it’s all the Jews’ fault. Just ask Cindy Sheehan, or David Duke, or Michael Moore, or Vanessa Redgrave, or the Palestinian Interior Ministry, or Saudi State Television, or… well, you get the idea.

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that there will be settlers killed during the withdrawal from Gaza. But they won’t be killed by their fellow Israelis, but by Palestinians.

I’ll go even further, and predict that there will be numerous calls for Israel to “show restraint” and “break the cycle of violence” and to NOT retaliate for the killings.

Oh, what the hell. I’ll go right to the point of wishful thinking, and predict that Israel will do exactly as it promised when it announced the settlement: hit back, and hit back HARD. Make it abundantly clear that they left on their own terms, by their own choice, and they can and will come back in force any time they consider it necessary.

Because I’ve lost track of just how much “restraint” they’ve shown. All I remember is that it’s measured in stacks of dead Israelis.

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