Israel has not been building new settlements, has put various expansion plans on hold, and has gone far beyond its Phase I obligations by unilaterally dismantling 25 settlements in Gaza and the West Bank.Sharon has reiterated several times that West Bank “outposts” will be dismantled as well.Finally, Israeli forces withdrew from several Palestinian cities, notwithstanding the failure of the PA to dismantle any terrorist organizations.
 There is an excellent discussion of “secure, defensible borders” in the June 27, 2005 panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute (“After the Gaza Disengagement:Establishing Defensible Borders for Israel“) between Dore Gold, Israeli and American military personnel, and Richard Perle.
Rick Richman edits “Jewish Current Issues” at jpundit.typepad.com.His prior articles in The Jewish Press include “A Non-Nuanced Middle East Plan,” “Kerry, Carter and Israel,” and “Kerry, Kennedy and Isaiah.”
About the Author:Rick Richman, whose work has appeared in The New York Sun, The Tower Magazine, and The Jewish Press, among other publications, is a prolific writer who appears regularly in Commentary magazine and its group Contentions blog, where this originally appeared. He also maintains the Jewish Current Issues blog (www.jpundit.typepad.com/jci/).
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