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Posted on 03/30/2005 10:26:20 AM PST by Yehuda
IDF: Prepare for terror state in Gaza
By Jerusalem Newswire Editorial Staff
October 19th, 2004
JERUSALEM - Israels withdrawal from Gaza would likely result in the coastal strip becoming a terrorist entity where anarchy prevails, according to newly revealed IDF documents.
The serious security threat posed by a Gaza left to the Palestinians has prompted the IDF to already begin preparing for the day it will have to reenter the Strip.
In related news, the results of a new public opinion poll show a majority of the Palestinian Arabs continues to support hostilities against the Jewish state.
Gaza terror state
The in-depth IDF documents, reported on by Maarivs Amir Rapaport at the weekend, are part of the armys meticulous planning process for leaving Gaza.
They list 13 possible security threats to southern Israel directly resulting from the implementation of Prime Minister Ariel Sharons policies vis-à-vis the Strip.
Those threats include sniper attacks on Israeli farmers in the western Negev, attacks on IDF patrols along the Gaza security fence, and the kidnapping and holding of Israeli soldiers inside Gaza.
Additionally, the documents note that at present, Palestinian forces fire Kassam rockets at Negev towns from deep inside Gaza. Following the withdrawal, they would be able to launch from just beyond the Gaza border, greatly increasing their strike range.
Rapaport pointed out that Sharons farm, which lies just beyond the Negev town of Sderot, would be within range of the homemade rockets.
Of greatest concern to the army, however, was the possibility that Palestinian forces in Gaza would obtain anti-aircraft missiles and long-range rockets following Israels departure.
With such a serious list of threats, the IDF said it was already preparing for the day it would have to reenter Gaza.
When that day comes, and security officials are sure it will, Israeli forces will find themselves battling a far more entrenched enemy, possibly resulting in far higher IDF casualties.
Translation of the Maariv article was provided by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Palestinians still want war
Meanwhile, a majority of Palestinians said they still support the use of violence against Israels Jews.
Between October 11 and 15, the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion surveyed a random sampling of 570 Arab adults from Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
When asked if they support the continuation of what the Arabs calls the Al Aqsa Intifada, 49.6 percent responded in the affirmative. Forty-two percent said they would like to see an end to the violence.
The results again refute constant claims by Western governments that the Palestinian terrorist campaign against Israel is a minority phenomenon that does not enjoy popular support.
The only reason why I can imagine that Sharon doing this is he knows the Palestinians are going to return to terror, and then he will say "see, we told you", and go back in and root them out.
Otherwise, he is a fool.
Keep in mind that Sharon is, at heart and in experience, a brilliant military strategist. In returning Gaza to the Palestinians, he is concentrating terrorists, making retaliation easier logistically.
Gaza was Philistine territory in Old Testament times, never a part of ancient Israel.
Exactly. I have always thought it is the Palestinians who are walking into a trap, not the Israelis. I believe there is a strong possibility of a Palestinian civil war after the Israeli withdrawal, which is what Sharon thinks (and hopes for). It would warm the cockles of my heart to see these terrorist thugs fighting each other. The civilized world would benefit immeasurably from such a scenario.
G-d willing you are right, but somehow giving them a port and then setting himself up for this contiguous corridor from Gaza to Judea-Samaria that rice is screaming for seems prety stupid.
Then again, maybe the port will make for quicker shipping OUT...
"Gaza was Philistine territory in Old Testament times, never a part of ancient Israel."
WADR, that's not completely accurate:
Gaza is where Samson toppled the Philistines, arch-enemies of the Jews. Like Judea and Samaria, Gaza had its Jews expelled, and has been occupied by numerous foreign civilizations. The Israelites who had been in Gaza before the time of Samson (Judges, 16:1), were still in possession of it in the time of Solomon (Kings I:4:1). After the Babylonian captivity (the first Diaspora and one we have not recovered from), the Persians had occupied Gaza, which at the time a large coastal trading city. It was there along the coast in Gaza where the shekels Nehemiah spoke of in the Tanakh were minted. In 332 BCE the Persian empire collapsed, and Judea became a Greek province. When Alexander the Macedonian went from Tyre to Egypt, he savagely took Gaza putting to death all the men and selling the women and children as slaves. He left a garrison of soldiers in Gaza, but eventually the city repopulated and thrived.
Even though the Greeks had been occupying Gaza, Jewish hopes of regaining the land were always there, just as they were with other cities in Erets Israel. When Gaza and most of Erets Israel was occupied by the Syrian Hellenists who had set in motion the destruction of Judaism, it was Jonathan Maccabee the Kohen Gadol (high priest) and Jewish warrior who ordered Gaza to open its gates. When the Greeks refused, Jonathan and his army of Jewish soldiers destroyed the suburbs around Gaza by burning them down, and by 143 BCE the city was open to him. From Gaza to Damascus Jonathan had fought to liberate Jewish cities of idolatry. Unfortunately, it was short lived, it did not take long for Hellenism to resurface and once again spread down to Gaza.
The separation policy is one of those things that if I believed it would ever be implemented as is has been put forth I would support it. Trouble is, I do NOT believe it will ever be fully implemented, and that it will simply result in Israel giving up more Land for "Peace." But then, I'm not an Israeli. Tell you what, though... I went to shoot at the pistol range the other day and there were some rather wild eyed arabs next to me, and I couldn't help thinking... "what if they decide to shoot me?" They were damn good pistoleers with some heavy caliber ammo as well.
Thanks for that link to the entire article. Good info to keep on hand.
You are right. My statement about Gaza's history was an oversimplification. I should have just referred to its history as disputed territory and headquarters for the Philistines, enemies of Israel.
Handing over Gaza does not stir in me the same deep emotion as seeing the Temple Mount, Bethlehem, Hebron (Mamre, Machpelah, etc.) under terrorist control.
Sharon has fought in every war for modern Israel, beginning as just a kid. I believe the old warrior is setting up another. Keep in mind what he did in crossing Suez between two opposing armies during the Yom Kippur war. He is ruthless and fearless, and it would be out of character for him to turn touchy-feely at this point in his life.
Of greatest concern to the army, however, was the possibility that "Palestinian" forces in Gaza would obtain anti-aircraft missiles and long-range rockets following Israel's departure.
I thought I read of some "new weapons" that the palis are bragging about putting into use against Israel after this latest hudna is over. Could they be weapons mentioned in the above quote?
The Kingdoms of David and Solomon: 1077 - 997 BCE
King David ruled Israel from 990 BCE to 968 BCE; and his son Solomon ruled after him until 928 BCE. David enlarged his kingdom and brought it to the peak of political and military power. Solomon "ruled over all the kingdoms west of the Euphrates River from Tiphsah to Gaza; he was at peace with all his neighbors" (I Kings, 4:24).
Relax and read my mea culpa in Post#10, when I agreed that I should have just referred to Gaza as disputed territory.
Lots of Israelite history was written over battles and tangles with the cities of Gaza. It was a Philistine stronghold in ancient times, and I find some poetry in corraling terrorists there today.
Yes. If the Palestinians continue their terror, Israel will have every right, without question, to go in and clean house.
If they shoot down an aircraft isn't that a declaration ow war ? Anything goes after that.
Good point. Let the fifty percent that want to be terrorists go to Gaza and have a civil war. It would save the IDF doing it.