There's no mistaking Sharon's "disengagement plan" for anything other than simple surrender. Disengagement is a far nicer term than surrender, but both provide the same incentives for Israel's Arab enemies: incentives to violence, terror and murder. As Feiglin put it, this is "Oslo times 10. The Oslo direction brought a river of bloodshed on the country, forced the State of Israel on a death march, and increased terrorism in Israel, throughout the Middle East and throughout the world. And we can all just sit and imagine the results now if that was the result of Oslo ? The difference is that we know this time there won't be any peace. We can't fool ourselves this time. In Ashkelon and in Ashdod, cities that are north of Gaza in Israel, just 20 miles south of Tel Aviv, they're already preparing civil defense against the rain of Qassam missiles that will fall after the disengagement occurs. This is Oslo without the lie of hope. We all know that the king is naked. We're not trying to fool ourselves that he's dressed. But we're running away anyhow."
Is it any wonder that Israel is on the verge of civil war? The purpose of effective national government and collective defense is to ensure the security of territorial extremities. As John Jay explains in Federalist No. 4: "Leave America divided into 13 or, if you please, into three or four independent governments -- what armies could they raise and pay -- what fleets could they ever hope to have? If one was attacked, would the others fly to its succor, and spend their blood and money in its defense? Would there be no danger of their being flattered into neutrality by specious promises, or seduced by a too great fondness for peace to decline hazarding their tranquility and present safety for the sake of neighbors ... Although such conduct would not be wise, it would, nevertheless, be natural ? it is not improbable that what has so often happened would, under similar circumstances, happen again."
Yet Israel, which purports to have both collective defense and an effective national government, continually sacrifices its borders for the chimera of peace. Instead of security, they have reaped bloodshed. Right now, Sharon's refusal to support the brave Jews who face Arab mortars in Gaza may seem prudent. But will the same logic hold when Arab terrorists, emboldened by capitulation, begin firing Qassams into Tel Aviv?
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