Does Anyone Else See?
My feelings are mixed on the recent disengagement from Gaza. On the one hand I feel a deep sorrow for the countless families that were torn from their home and on the other hand I am bewildered that Israel would allow such a thing to happen.
Ilana Schneid, her husband and two young children are now sleeping in a tent. In a recent interview Ilana said, "I don't know where my son will go to kindergarten at the beginning of the school year," Schneid said. "He asks us when we are going home, and we don't know what to tell him, because we don't know where our home is. We need to move somewhere, and start looking for jobs. Right now, we are refugees here in Israel." My heart goes out to Ilana and her family. It is hard to imagine that this is going on simultaneously to 8,000 other people.
Does Sharon not know that 80% of Palestinian Arabs continue to reject Israel's very existence? I am so curious to know what Sharon was thinking. He has to have some hidden strategy to this whole mess. Otherwise I don't understand how Sharon and his clan could blatantly ignore the writing on the walls. Any kid knows that if he whines enough and his parent gives in he knows for next time that whining works. The arabs seem to understand this concept.
"Israel has never been in such a state of retreat and weakness as it is today following more than four years of the intifada. Hamas's heroic attacks exposed the weakness and volatility of the impotent Zionist security establishment. The withdrawal marks the end of the Zionist dream and is a sign of the moral and psychological decline of the Jewish state. We believe that the resistance is the only way to pressure the Jews." - Ahmed al-Bahar (top hamas figure in Gaza)
"the withdrawal is due to the Palestinian resistance operations. ...and we will continue our resistance." - Sami Abu Zuhri (A hamas spokesman)
"Today Gaza, tomorrow Jerusalem." - about 10,000 Palestinian Arabs dancing, singing and chanting at a mass rally in Gaza City August 4th.
"We will move our cells to the West Bank" ... "The withdrawal will not be complete without the West Bank and Jerusalem." - Jamal Abu Samhadaneh (commander of Gaza's Popular Resistance Committees)
"Our march will stop only in Jerusalem." - Ahmed Qurei (The Palestinian Authority)
"Wait for us in Jaffa, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ashkelon. The knights of Gaza are coming. Our beloved sons of Palestine, we make no distinction between [Israeli-controlled] Palestine and [the West Bank and Gaza Strip] Palestine. There is no difference between Jaffa and Gaza, between the Galilee and Hebron. Hamas will leave Gaza and break out throughout Palestine to show the way of jihad, which will bring our nation to its summit. Oh sons of Zion, the defeat you suffered in Gaza is just the beginning..." - broadcast on Radio Al-Aqsa, Hamas' radio station after disengagement
Israel Will No Longer Exist (a recent poster after the disengagement)
I was shocked to hear Condoleezza Rice say, "Everyone empathizes with what the Israelis are facing. But it cannot be Gaza only." If you look below you will see Israel as represented by the black and the arab countries as represented by the green. Does Rice not see the big picture?
President Bush recently said, "We'll continue working for the day when the map of the Middle East shows two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace and security." How does Bush understand the murder last night of Shmuel Matt as he was walking home from Yeshiva?
If the arabs and the united nations are not happy with Israel today what makes us think they will ever be happy? Approximately two thirds of all united nations resolutions have been against Israel. The world used to be anti-Jew, today it has resurfaced as anti-Israel. Until people realize what is really going on here in Israel there will not be peace. This is not about land this is about the right of Israel (the Jewish people) to exist.