Kadima wins in Israel.
I’m happy to say I was wrong about Kadima last year.
I hope Olmert can pull this off. We all know there really isn’t any point to continue the delusional “peace process” with the Palis. There is no desire for peace on their side, so it’s pointless. The Hamas debacle just makes it more obvious. (My personal favorite: “they voted in Hamas for the social programs”). However, if Olmert finalizes the borders and finishes the Wall, but the rocket attacks escalate and get more destructive, then I would support the next option: Transfer.
Transfer of what?
If rockets come in from an independent palestine against Israel, isn’t that a merely state-against-state problem?
Transfer is an option that the Israelis have considered if they are unable to control violent Arabs in the territories. Now that the new government plans to finalize the borders and finish the Wall, the transfer option may not be necessary. But, if the Palis continue to attack with rockets fired from over the Wall, Israel may have no choice but to remove the Arabs from the West Bank. Remember that the British Mandate of Palestine was designed as a Jewish homeland. The Brits illegally divided their Mandate at the Jordan River, giving the eastern 2/3 of the Mandate to the Arabs. Then, in 1948, the remaining Mandate was sliced up again by the UN, with the Jews getting less than half. Since the Arabs refused to take the state offered to them, there IS no Palestine. The state of Jordan is the Arab state in the former British Mandate. It, not the West Bank, is the “Palestinian” state. The transfer option would remove the stateless Arabs in the West Bank and “transfer” them to “Palestine”.
Like the Israeli populace, Palestinean society is comprised of many different factions, most of whom aspire to a peaceful resolution and some which are irrationally militant. To claim that there is no appetite for peace among the Palestinean people is simply wrong. The Israeli government would do much to encourage the moderation of political attitudes by re-examining how its policies towards innocent civilians in the occupied territories.
Sadly, the Palis who want peace don’t control the government. Until they do, nothing will change. I believe Israel has had enough. They’ll set the borders and go their own way. Perhaps when the Palis finally realize that they are baying at the moon while no one is listening, they’ll change. I have my doubts, though.