Gaza Withdrawal

Trip Start Jun 20, 2005
Trip End Aug 09, 2005

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Flag of United States  , Connecticut
Wednesday, August 17, 2005

I know many of you are curious about what's going on in the Gaza Strip right now. This is an excerpt from CNN online from today. I think it pretty accurately describes the reality of the situation there:

The withdrawal is part of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to remove settlers from Gaza and four small areas of the West Bank, along with the Israeli troops who guard them, in hopes of reinvigorating the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

During televised remarks Wednesday, Sharon said, "There are difficult incidents ... largely because of the actions of youngsters, teenagers" who have infiltrated the settlements. "They are making what is happening more difficult."

Some settlers don't wish to leave because they believe Gaza is part of the traditional Jewish homeland. Other secular Israelis say they believe the move rewards terrorists and will lead to more attacks from Palestinian militant groups.

I can say from first hand experience that the majority of the protesters are indeed kids - kids - who have yet to serve their time in the military I might add. Although I am not an expert on this issue I'm happy to answer any questions any of you may have regarding the Israeli governements voluntary withdrawal from Gaza.

It's my hope that some of you can actually learn about what's really happening there as opposed to absorbing the spectacle that the American news media has you currently focused on.

I believe the real story here is Ariel Sharon's hope that this move will reivigorate the peace process.... a bold move, I believe.....and not a bunch of kids causing a scene.
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