With Israel's attention focused primarily on its battles with Hamas and Hezbollah, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Monday reminded his countrymen that he still intends to implement a sweeping withdrawal from the West Bank.
Speaking to evacuees from former Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, The Jerusalem Post quoted Olmert as saying, "We will yet evacuate communities and it is important to me to complete this chapter as soon as possible so that we will be able to continue as a strong and united nation for the challenges that await us."
Olmert argues that quitting some 90 percent of the West Bank is essential to maintaining a Jewish majority in Israel for the foreseeable future.
There is an absolute must-read in the latest release of Azure that demolishes this canard: Voodoo Demographics: Why the Palestinians radically inflate their population figures - and what this means for the future of the Middle East.
But Israel's government opposition, led by Likud faction leader Binyamin Netanyahu, warns Olmert's "realignment" plan will lead to more of the same of what is going on in Gaza.
On Sunday Israel Security Agency head Yuval Diskin told the cabinet that the Gaza Strip is becoming another southern Lebanon due to the freedom of movement and arms smuggling opportunities enjoyed by terrorists based there following Israel's departure.
Is this a soft headedness resulting from too much of a desire for feel-good outcomes? A result of leftist or harder Leftist pressures from within Israel? A result of the continual pressures exerted by jihadist, "Palestinian," etc. initiatives? A combination of all this and then other factors as well, such as international pressures from E.U. and U.N. styled salons?
I don't get it, excepting as a result of buckling under pressure or allowing one's "ideals" and hopes to obsure the commanding realities. Could I be wrong? Sure, it's happened before, but absent an explication reflecting well grounded rationales and one which takes prevailing realities into account, "realignment" sounds more like absent minded capitulation.