Israel gave them the land they wanted because so many people told them it would bring them peace. And how did the Palestinians react? See my post here.
And then how many days was it before that land was used for rocket attacks on Israel? I can’t find the information to confirm it but my recollection was it was less than a week.
And what was the stated objective of party elected to power in the most recent election? To wipe Israeli off the map.
It was my opinion when Israel gave the land back that the world would then see, beyond any doubt, what Israel was dealing with. That people would realize the culture of these people must be destroyed if we are to have any hope of peace in the mid-east. I was partially wrong. As usual I made the mistake of believing people would think rationally. At least among rational people who have studied the problem there is no doubt about what has to be done. Let me “spell it out for you”.
Israel has tried so many “diplomatic solutions” over the decades that it would take weeks to enumerate them and their failures due to Palestinian persistence in the eradication of Israel. If the Palestinian people said they just wanted to be left alone and to “live and let live” I would be opposed the destruction of their infrastructure–but they haven’t. On the whole, they have declared a war to the death with the Israel. Those that don’t agree with that agenda should leave while Israel gives the remainder what they have been demanding. Israel has no other viable options. If they could be contained while the world “corrupted” their youth and “incorruptible” elders died off I would suggest a 40 year plan to welcome them into civilized society. But the Palestinians are just like Ted Bundy, he either could not or would not stop killing and he had escaped from jail twice (or was it three times?). He would be a threat to people as long as he lived. It’s distasteful, it’s horrible, and it will haunt many of us for the rest of our lives. But it’s the best of all the bad alternatives. I say to Israel, I’m sorry the job falls to you, but you have moral authority in this case to do what needs to be done. Just make it quick and be done with it. I’ll be looking the other way as the tears roll down my cheeks.