Beset on all sides 

Apparently Israel will be evacuating parts of the West Bank as well as Gaza.

I'm not the most astute observer of Israeli-Palestinian affairs, but it always seemed to me that Ariel Sharon can't buy a break. Throughout the European and left-leaning American media, Sharon is tarred as a warmongering overlord. (I realize that part of this sentiment arises from his previous military career, but that's another story entirely). On the other hand, everything I've seen in the Israeli media indicates that his own government thinks he isn't strict enough in dealing with the intifada and is a wuss for relinquishing lands that God gave to the nation of Israel.

I always thought that Sharon's plan to hand over the settlements and put up a security fence was quite reasonable, since it would mean that Israel would be conducting security checks on its border instead of inside Palestinian territory.


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