The "Occupation" is the solution, not the problem
by Ted Belman
Proponents of withdrawal both before Gaza and now, argue that it will save
money. They also argued that Israel will be more secure, but that’s another
Olmert has gone so far as to say that Kadima will no longer spend money on the
settlements east of the fence. In so doing he is reinforcing the message that
the settlements and or the occupation are a financial burden, a waste of money
that could be better spent on Israelis rather then settlers. Fair enough, but
where is the proof? What are the facts?
On an issue as important as this, I would expect to see a study which compared
the future expenditures if Israel did not withdraw or if it did. Not only is
there not such a study, so far as I know, nobody is talking about it in an
detailed way other then to simply declare money would be saved.
Kadima is saying it will maintain a military occupation of Yesha. Will this
take more troops with the removal of settlements or less? Israel ran from such
an occupation in Lebanon. Will it be able to remain in Yesha without the
settlers? If we have to remain there why suffer the pain of uprooting
settlements? What’s the benefit? It doesn’t even end the occupation.
Yarom Ettinger recently wrote to me, “The 1994 “disengagement” from Gaza
quadrupled the number of security persons stationed in/around the
Gaza area, but the public is uninformed about it. When you’re inside
Gaza, you enhance intelligence, deterrence and operability, and therefore
you can manage with fewer personnel. When you’re out of Gaza, you regress
on all these accounts; hence you need to offset the damage by increased
To put it another way, the more you suppress terror, the less terror there is
and therefore the fewer soldiers needed to deal with it.
To suggest that to give up control of Gaza or the West Bank would result in
the deployment of fewer troops is a lie. Furthermore Israel has learned over
the decades that it is cheaper to control the land around highways then to
forego control and use armored convoys to travel the highways. Like it or not
control saves lives and money. A stitch in time saves nine.
Reality is simply ignored in favour of an “end the occupation” ideology.
It is crystal clear that withdrawal from Gaza and withdrawal from the
West Bank will entail an exponential increase in terror and the forces
needed to deal with it.
Currently the rocket attacks continue from Gaza and will soon emanate from
the West Bank. Firing on empty fields is not the answer. Controlling the
Then there is the cost of compensating the settlers the government wishes to
uproot. Just think, if you didn’t uproot them, you wouldn’t have to pay them.
And we’re talking $12 billion dollars worth over the next four years. Better
to use that money to buy land from Arabs living around the fence which could
then be incorporated into Israel. The land would them be resold to Israelis
and the money recovered.
Thus the occupation is the solution, not the problem. It is beyond ludicrous
that Israel should be contemplating withdrawal, when Iran is threatening
annihilation, Iraq is disintegrating, Islamic Brotherhood is on the rise in
all surrounding lands, Hamas is rearming, Jordan is under attack and
America is in retreat.
The withdrawal proponents cite the demographic problem. What demographic
problem? Aside from the new Demographic Study that reduces the number of
Arabs in the West Bank from 2.5 million to 1.4 million, these Arabs only
present a demographic problem if given citizenship. Unless and until these
lands are annexed, there is no need to deal with the alleged demographic
We are our own worst enemy. We allow our enemies to get stronger and have
more power and more land only to complain that they are a danger to us.
Why not destroy them so there is nothing to complain about. Snuff out any
hope they have of destroying us. Rather then give them hope we must destroy
The answer, my friends, is to kill the peace process, kill the PA, kill
the Roadmap, kill the terrorists and take control of our destiny.
Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article.
A. G. S.