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August 15, 2005

Gush Katif disengagement - vanity of vanities

Solomon wrote:
"I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove."

Solomon spoke:
"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?"

The utter idiocy of the Gaza Disengagement plan is stunning. While Israel pursues “Land for Peace”, the Palestinians have done nothing to disarm or disband the terrorist groups. The Palestinians do not even acknowledge Israel's right to exist, yet the eviction of Jews from Jewish territory commences. Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily reports from Gush Katif [emphisis added]:
GUSH KATIF BLOCK, Gaza – Israel's evacuation of Jewish communities from Gaza and parts of Samaria officially began tonight with the complete closing of the Gaza Strip just a few moments ago, while residents here blocked army vehicles headed toward their communities, and Hamas fired mortars and shot at soldiers.
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Tuesday, 50,000 soldiers and police officers are slated to form six rings in and around Gush Katif. The first ring, consisting of some 20,000 forces, mostly police, will be sent into the Jewish communities to carry out the actual evacuation. About 17 to 20 officers per Katif home will be used to physically drag occupants onto waiting buses and out of the area.
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After the Kissufim crossing was closed, protests broke out at the main gate, and on the access road outside Neve Dekalim, the largest Katif settlement. Dekalim residents threw themselves atop several army and police vehicles headed in the direction of their community.

"Don't uproot us. Refuse orders," one woman screamed as she stood in front of an army Jeep.

Teenagers, including non-residents who managed to infiltrate the area the past few weeks, gathered around two army trucks and began pounding at the windows.

"Jews do not evacuate Jews," a crowd of about 80 children chanted.
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Tonight's Hamas attacks highlight fears the Gaza evacuation will be carried out under fire. The Israeli public has stated in multiple opinion polls they would not support any withdrawal activities during Palestinian attack.

In a rare press conference this morning, Hamas leaders declared the withdrawal a victory for terrorism, and vowed to continue fighting Israel until "all territories" are "liberated."

"Hamas remains committed to the choice of resistance. Hamas remains committed to its military wing and its right to possess weapons," said Hamas spokesman Ismail Haniyye.

Hamas spokesman Abu Anas declared, "We will keep our weapons in hand until we liberate all our land. Gaza is the beginning. We will not lay down our weapons after the Zionists withdraw from Gaza because the road ahead is long."

"...vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity." Israel deserves better than the whipped Sharon. Sharon has been pushed, with little perceptible resistance on his part, into this suicidal leap by "The Quartet" (The United States, Russia, The EU and the UN.) Hal Lindsey writes: [empaisis added]
The Quartet, led by the French, forced Sharon to ‘coordinate’ with Abbas in order to ensure a ‘smooth transition’ of power, turning what had been a tactical offensive move into a humiliating military defeat. Sharon was committed to the withdrawal, but the Quartet handed all the best bargaining cards to Abbas.

Not only did the French ‘initiative’ on behalf of the Quartet stick a bayonet into Sharon’s back, it handed global terrorism a resounding victory.

Al-Jazeera made the Islamic world’s perception clear, “However, some analysts believe that, whether Israel likes it or not, the atmosphere that will prevail during the evacuation process will certainly show Israel as a defeated state, while the Palestinians celebrate and reap the fruits of their armed conflict.”

"...vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity."... "I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards."... "What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?" -- Talk to the people of Gush Katif.

UPDATE: More on the pullout:
Abbas issued a statement praising the pullout but said it must be followed by more.

"The Israeli withdrawal which starts today is a very important and historical step, but it is an initial step that should take place not only in Gaza, but in the West Bank and East Jerusalem," he said.

And what, exactly, has Abbas done to keep his end of the bargain?
"Hamas activists in Gaza City hung banners Monday proclaiming the pullout was a result of attacks by militants on Israelis."