Withdrawal From Gaza Doesn't Seem To Have Helped Bring Peace
Just as was the case in their withdrawal from Southern Lebanon, the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza does not seem to have put the Arabs in a more peaceful mood.
It is often said that the Palestinians and Arabs never lose an opportunity to lose an opportunity. They could have had peace a long time ago. But every time the Israelis give a little, it is the same story. The irredentists in the Arab extremist organizations are only encouraged. They simply extend their attacks to new areas.
Then when the Israelis respond, we are back to square one.
Now, it's more of the same. Leaving Gaza has simply meant new rocket attacks on Israeli towns and new violence in Gaza.
Could it be the Arabs are unfit for self-rule? And unwilling to accept friendly gestures? Arafat's death was supposed to bring a different attitude, but it hasn't. Now, Hamas blows up it own procession in Gaza, with the accidental detonation of explosives. So little has changed.
It's discouraging. The Arab-Israeli conflict will go on, because the Arabs will remain aggressive, and the Israelis will remain determined to defend themselves when necessary.
This is what makes the Middle East so intractible.