Our View

Aug 232005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

The recent removal of Jewish settlers from Israel's West Bank has been met with both support and resistance from those with a stake to claim. Many Israelis have backed the withdrawal as a way to broker peace with their Palestinian neighbors. A large number have also protested the actions as an unreasonable compromise towards those who have used terror methods to further their cause.

Who is right and who is wrong in the debate is too complicated a question to be answered here. What is undeniable is the pain and suffering both sides involved have experienced. For years now Israelis have lived under the constant threat of terrorism and its violent aftermaths. Conversely, Palestinians have existed as a people without a nation, having to live under the rule of others.

The argument can no longer be over whose claim is legitimate, but what can be done to alleviate the situation. For this reason we are supporting the decision of Israel's withdrawal of its own citizens from lands that many have occupied for decades.

Whether or not this move succeeds in brokering peace will not be known for years. It has shown however, that the Israeli people are willing to take painful steps to ensure the safety of its own people. In an even larger context it seems that the Palestinians may finally get the recognition needed to begin rebuilding themselves into a peaceful, prosperous nation.

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