Already there are hints that the armed struggle against
This is not an easy time for
To date, Mahmoud Abbas's Security Forces have not shown any signs of controlling the terror. There does not seem to be any hint that there will be an improvement in that situation. This means that the Israeli Security Forces will be withdrawing from
The advantages of the disengagement are twofold. This is the reason why it should be supported, despite its inherent dangers:
- The Israel Army will not be utilized in protecting settlers in occupied
from Palestinian terrorists with great risk to the lives of the soldiers. Gaza Israel's international standing will improve, as the world will view favorably because of her attempt to disengage from the Palestinian areas conquered in the Six Day War of June 1967. Israel will not be seen as an occupier, which has been a very strong propaganda factor, utilized by the Palestinians. Israel
These two factors are very important in justifying Ariel Sharon's position for disengagement. The inherent dangers in the aftermath of the withdrawal remain. The alternative to disengagement would be even worse. The thought of settlers remaining in the occupied areas could create an even worse scenario in the future. More bloodshed and loss of life in continuous clashes with the Palestinians would remain the order of the day.