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Sunday, May 13, 2018
Weekly Commentary: Self Inflicted Palestinian Humiliation Is Not Israel's Problem

Weekly Commentary: Self Inflicted Palestinian Humiliation Is Not Israel's
Problem
Dr. Aaron Lerner 13 May, 2018

I am going to risk predicting that, contrary to their boasting, a million
Palestinians aren't going to succeed in invading Israel this week.

And if I am already sticking my neck out I will share another prediction:
that in the wake of this failure there are going to be talking heads
suggesting that Israel must make concessions or gestures to the Palestinians
to somehow compensate them for their humiliation.

And there will be sophisticated talking heads suggesting that Israeli must
make concessions or gestures to support the Palestinian leadership that
ostensibly acted behind the scenes so that a million Palestinians didn't
invade the Jewish State.

Let's be clear about this.

The Palestinians are responsible for their humiliation.

The Gaza Strip could have become a burgeoning export dynamo exploiting its
close proximity to European markets.

But Gaza opted to focus on participating in some grand scheme to destroy
Israel.

Last Friday Ben Caspit noted in his weekly Maaariv column that Israel's
action again Iran in Syria represents a departure from Israel's many
decades long addiction to quiet. An addiction that we have paid for dearly
in the form of massive arms buildups threatening us from Lebanon and Gaza.

The time has come also to break with this addiction for quiet vis-a-vis the
Gaza Strip.

We don't need a hudna deal with Hamas.

Nor does it serve our interests to take a role in handing over control of
Gaza to West Bank carpetbaggers.

We need to think out of the box and come up with an essentially unilateral
program that rids the Gaza Strip of its Palestinian military presence while
setting into motion a clear path towards economic development with
immediately tangible results.

Its going to require some very smart, bold and yes, expensive, moves.

But it will serve our interests.

And in the absence of Israeli ideas, we will ultimately find ourselves
having to contend with programs that do anything but serve our interests.
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