Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Is Israel's withdrawl a catalyst for peace?

Israeli troops began a forced evacuation on Wednesday of thousands of settlers enraged by their expulsion from the Gaza Strip after Israel's 38-year occupation.

The move is the culmination of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for the first removal of settlements from land Palestinians want for a state.

Palestinian militants claim the withdrawal as victory and Israel opponents decry it as a surrender to violence. Washington hopes it will prove a catalyst for renewed peacemaking.

Displacing thousands of people is going to be a catalyst for peace? And that would work how exactly? I mean, yes I may not be on top of politics as much as I should be, but I didn't realize the world had changed so much that forcing thousands of people to leave their homes (and indeed the land God has given them) would be a means to attain peace. Silly me.


Anonymous said...

Actually, it wasn't millions of people. There were only about 8,000 Israelis in the Gaza Strip. It might also be interesting to note that when talking about Israel as a whole, there is a large non-Jewish population. (And the state of Israel was only established about 60 years ago.) How does that fit with the idea of God-given land?

Kristina said...

Ok, I'll correct that momentarily, but still. That is a lot of people to be getting displaced. God gave the Jews (who by the way are the ones being put out) the land quite a while before the 1940s. My point stands, read the Bible, God has promised them the land.