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First it is widely argued in Israel that the real purpose of Ariel Sharon's withdrawal of the Jewish settlements in Gaza in 2005 was to ease the overall burden of the occupation on Israel rather than on the Palestinians, and to allow Israel to consolidate its occupation of the West Bank-which is far larger, more economically productive, and contains more invaluable water aquifers than Gaza- as well as its occupation of East Jerusalem, which is religiously and symbolically important to both sides. [...] there is growing agreement in Israel, Palestine, Europe, and the Arab world that international peacekeeping forces should be sent to the region to back a political settlement More importantly, once a settlement is reached, Israel, America, Europe, and the neighboring Arab states would have at their disposal an enormous range of carrots and sticks to ensure continued compliance.
A PERFECT MORAL CATASTROPHE Jerome Slater Tikkun; Mar/Apr 2009; 24, 2; Docstoc pg. 48 Reproduced with p
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