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January 15, 1988 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-01-15

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Jewish Community Council


Israel's Policy:
Gaza and the Administered Territories

Guest Speaker:

Moshe Fox,

Consul for Press and Information
Consulate General of Israel

Thursday, January 21, 1988
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Youths hurl stones in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian riots are pushing many
moderate Israelis into hard-line positions.

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Israel Correspondent


he day after Israel
conquered Gaza City
during the Six-Day
War of 1967, a journalist ap-
proached an officer perched
on his tank in the main
"How do you feel?" was the
banal, inevitable question.
"I'll tell you how I feel,"
replied the soldier. "Th be an
occupier is disgusting."
Such is not a widespread
sentiment among the genera-
tion of Israelis which has
grown up since the occupa-
tion. For many young Israel-
is, Gaza — like the West Bank
— is as much a part of Israel
as Tel Aviv.
Even those moderates —
not motivated by political and
religious convictions that dic-
tate incorporation of the ter-
ritories into Israel — regard
the West Bank and Gaza as a
natural and integral part of
their country.
The disturbances of the past
month, however, have pro-
duced a profound degree of
soul-searching — and not a
little doubt about the future
— in almost every Israeli
Israelis are shocked by the
intensity of the anger, by the
scope of the violence, by the
number of lives lost, and by
the massive deployment of
troops (more than was used in
the original conquest) that is
required to maintain even a
semblance of order.
Not least, they are appalled
by the damage they have sus-
tained in the international

There is a reprise of that
shiver of hopelessness and
helplessness that passed
down the national spine when
it became evident that the
Lebanese adventure was
doomed. Only more so.
Lebanon produced a sense
of anguish when Israelis
discovered for the first time
that their army was not in-
vincible; that there were
limits to the use of force.
Then, however, they could
draw comfort from the knowl-
edge that when the time
came, as indeed it did, the
troops could be brought home
and the border sealed.
The anguish now is com-
pounded by the knowledge
that the West Bank and Gaza
are not Lebanon. Israel can-
not unilaterally pull out its
troops and abandon the ter-
ritories to their chaotic, anar-
chistic fate.
The old borders have almost
entirely disappeared, leaving
the West Bank and Gaza at
the very heart of Israel -
physically, economically and
The dilemma is com-
pounded still further by the
knowledge that the Pales-
tinian uprising was not in-
spired by some malevolent
external force, but rather by
a massive, authentic, spon-
taneous, grass-roots expres-
sion of disaffection.
The prospect of a political
settlement, which flared
briefly last April after Jor-
dan's King Hussein and
Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres agreed on the mod-
alities for peace talks,
foundered on the obduracy of
Prime Minister Yitzhak

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