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Israel's New Danger: Gaza as 'Hamas-stan'
January 23, 2006
By Martin Walker, UPI Editor
The Gaza Strip since the Israeli withdrawal last summer has "turned into Hamas-stan and al-Qaida-stan," Israel's recently retired military chief General Moshe Ya'alon claimed Monday.
The violence and chaos in Gaza and its use as a launching pad for repeated rocket attacks was an ominous lesson that meant that Israel could not afford to proceed with the proposed unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank, Ya'alon went on. Gaza was now in a state of anarchy and was wide open to terrorists who sought to use it as a launch pad for attacks on Israel.
Israel would need "defensible borders" that would have to include the ability to control the crossing of the River Jordan and all other access points to any future Palestinian state on the West Bank, Ya'alon told the annual Herzliya security conference. Ya'alon spoke after former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who said that Israeli settlements on the West Bank were "illegal" under international law and claimed that some settlers sought to justify "the sustained subjugation of the Palestinians."
Originally posted by Britguy
If the bloody settlers hadn't stolen the land other people have lived on for generations, then they wouldn't be having the problems they are now.
Talking of some divine right to the land is pure bunk and has no place in the legal world so should be ignored from the outset.
Even having palestinian neighbours is reason enough for some to poison wells and animals, destroy olive groves belonging to Palestinians and take part in the odd beating or murder.
This is the reality. If someone came along and tried to force you off your property claiming some divine righ to it, would you meekly walk away with their clubs at your back or would you fight?
Most of these settlers have no ethnic claim to the land anyway. If I converted to Judaism and moved to Israel then I too would be allowed to displace some other poor bugger.