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Lessons of the Gaza Disengagement

Feb. 19 2016

Taking into account some key events in the decade since Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Yossi Kuperwasser draws several conclusions:

First, the Palestinian Authority is not capable of controlling a territory on its own. . . .

[Furthermore], unilateral concessions [by Israel] are perceived in the region as signs of weakness, and hence invite additional pressure. Conversely, demonstrating resolve discourages pressure. The unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon [in 2000] encouraged the Palestinians to choose confrontation and launch the second intifada. The disengagement [from Gaza] convinced the extremist elements among the Palestinians, along with Hizballah, to continue the armed struggle, including a focus on kidnappings [which eventually led to the 2006 Lebanon war]. . . .

[Finally], the political benefit from unilateral concessions is temporary and illusory. It is not possible to translate such concessions into sustainable political achievements. Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza was not acknowledged as the end of an occupation. . . . The campaign of delegitimization against Israel continued.

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More about: Ariel Sharon, Gaza Strip, Hizballah, Israel & Zionism, Palestinian Authority, Second Intifada, Second Lebanon War

Germany’s Bid to Keep Israel off the UN Security Council

March 21 2018

The Jewish state has never held a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council. For the first 50 years of its existence, it was denied membership in any of the UN’s regional groups, which control candidacies for these rotating seats. Then it was finally admitted to the Western European and Others Group, which promptly agreed to wait another twenty years before approving Jerusalem for a Security Council candidacy. Now, Benny Avni notes, Germany is poised to block action:

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More about: Germany, Israel & Zionism, Israeli-German relations, United Nations