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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Abandoning Gaza to annex West Bank

White House spokesman rushes on Wednesday to debunk Bush’s call for Israel to withdraw from all Jewish settlements, which had contradicted commitments he made to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to boost his Gaza disengagement plan.

Yediot Achronot, March 16, 2005
Bush's "slip of the tongue" has apparently upset Zionists. The bottom line of the criticism is that the Zionists make no secret of the fact that Israel is going to withdraw from Gaza in order to annex the West Bank. This minimal-loss policy, while quite disturbing, is a welcome change to the purely expansionist policies of the Israeli government in the past 5 decades. The withdrawal from Gaza, and I dare say many before me have said this (so I am not all that original), is quite an impressive mechanism of "damage control".

Binyamin Ben Eliezer and Yisrael Kessar

I found this picture on the "State of Israel National Photo Collection" website. Here's what the caption said:

Housing Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer (L) & Transportation Minister Yisrael Kessar viewing South Lebanon during the Cabinet's visit to the area.

Photographer: Avi Ohayon

What I don't understand (Ok, ok, maybe I do) is why the housing and transportation Ministers were there?

I might have to look up the word settlement in my Zionist-English Dictionary. Unfortunately, I don't have it with me at the moment, so I did a search on OED and came up with the following definition:

Settlement - The act of settling as colonists or new-comers; the act of peopling or colonizing a new country, or of planting a colony.

Right. If it's any consolation, it's only the 6th definition of the word.. so it must be outdated (or perhaps not so outdated, or at least that's what the above photo inspires?)

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