posted on Aug, 16 2005 @ 10:32 AM
Very interesting again yesterday watching Dan Gillerman, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N., give his press conference at U.N. headquaters in New York.
Timed to co-incide with the 60th council and anniversary of the U.N., Gillerman presented the U.N.'s 'tab', if you will, for the Gaza Pullout.
He asked that the U.N. 'get off Israel's back', so to speak, with the yearly cavalcade of resolutions against the various offenses Israel is
historically accused of. He asked that the U.N. recognize the 'human cost' to Israeli settlers in the region, some whose 'million dollar villas'
would be bulldozed to make way for Palestinian 'apartment complexes'. He repeatedly made Biblical references to the withdrawal pitting 'brother
against brother, father against son, and son against mother' in Israel. He highlighted the $2.6 billion this operation is costing, and the education
and agricultural infrastructure that would be left behind for the Palestinians to utilize. He said the PA would now have 'complete autonomy in
Gaza', something I find difficult to believe. Both that they would have it or be able to employ it effectively to stop terror attacks from
originating on the Strip.
Mr. Gillerman, when asked about the potential future benefits cost, defense, and population wise for Israel, side-stepped the question, again citing
the 'human cost' to Israel and repeatedly pointing out that these territories were 'conquered in a war of aggression waged against us', and the
dream of a 'Greater Israel' that initially prompted PM Sharon to build the settlements had consumed Israeli politics in the 70s and 80s much the way
the destruction of Israel has always consumed Hamas and other terror organizations. Things were different now, and it was time for a '"New
Reality" on the ground in the region' he said. Valid points, but off topic. He concluded the conference with no reference to the benefits Israel
would derive from this move. He wasn't there to discuss that.
My question now is, when the first terrorist rocket from Gaza following completion of the pullout lands inside the new perimeter, or the first
homicide bomber that can be traced to Gaza blows up a bus, what will Israel's response be? Will they try to co-operate with the PA in an attempt to
bring those guilty to justice, or will they turn around and send in the IDF to flatten all of Gaza? Just curious, not biased.