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St. Johnsbury, Vermont · Wednesday, September 7th, 2005 · Updated 10:25am

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More conflict ahead

Wednesday September 7, 2005

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"I mean instead that for the greater part of ancient history - that past in which the Jewish people anchor their claim to Israel - the Gaza Strip was not part of the Jewish state. But in reality, the Gaza Strip and the coastal towns to its north, for most of the years between, say, 1250 B.C. and 135 A.D. - the era in which the Jews lived in and often ruled the land of Israel - eluded firm Israelite or Judean control and, indeed, Jewish habitation." -- Benny Morris, op-ed contributor

The Israelis as a whole don't want peace; they just want to keep what they've got, which is all of Israel as well as a chunk of Jordan (the West Bank), a chunk of Syria (the Golan Heights), and a sliver of southern Lebanon. Why should they give up anything? What's in it for them? Oh, they might get a few extra billion dollars from the U.S., but they get plenty from the U.S. already.

The Americans won't make them do it, the U.N. can't make them do it, and the rest of the world is powerless to influence them. So all things will continue as they are, with the cycle of violence and death rising and falling.

So there's more conflict and war ahead for the Mideast, sad to say. Sharon hasn't changed his warlike ways. He's so ruthless and brutal that he even shocks many Israelis! But they knew what he was like when they voted him in, and they elected him anyway.

Ted Rudow III,MA

Menlo Park, Calif.

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