By the time this editorial appears in print, the projected Israeli
disengagement from the Gaza Strip and a small area in the northern
part of the West Bank will ideally have been completed.
The great unknown, nevertheless, is whether the following lines
would have been correctly based on the assumption that the
disengagement will take place, or whether the disengagement will
have been postponed as some people expect or wish - two different
scenarios that come to mind. Other eventualities are also possible,
such as a partial withdrawal; or a massive Israeli military
operation in Gaza as a response to a Palestinian attack; or a
drastic, unexpected event in some other part in the region which
will impact on Israel's decision to disengage, leading to further
delays in implementation.
Irrespective of which scenario will eventually unfold, the issue
I'll be addressing is the principle of disengagement. The
contention here is that, like it or not, disengagement is at
present the only
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