This was a major mistake by the Israeli government.
Sharon used to think exactly the same thing when he was in the IDF. That was a long time ago.
Sounds like Ben Gurion thought a lot like our Founding Fathers did. Seems like we all head into the abyss as well, sooner or later...
It is just a temporary situation.
Have you checked the news today???
Israel moves to link West Bank settlement to Jerusalem
Aug 24, 10:23 AM (ET)
By Dan Williams
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has issued orders to seize Palestinian-owned land to link a main Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank to Jerusalem, officials said on Wednesday, a step that could isolate Palestinians from the city.
An Israeli government spokesman said orders were issued to seize four Palestinian-owned tracts of land around Maale Adumim, the largest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, last Thursday, as Israel was at the height of its withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip.
The planned Maale Adumim section of the barrier Israel is building in the West Bank has raised alarm in Washington because of Israel's stated intention to build new homes in Maale Adumim joining it to Jerusalem, 8 km (5 miles) away.
By looping in the enclave, Israel would effectively seal Palestinians off from east Jerusalem, which they want as their capital. Israel considers all of the holy city its own eternal capital, a claim not recognized internationally.
"This is consistent with Israel's tendency to expand Jewish settlements in the West bank to 'make it up' to the settlement movement for the evacuation of settlements in Gaza," said Palestinian Planning Minister Ghassan al-Khatib.
The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of trying to parlay the Gaza pullout into a permanent hold on much of the West Bank and has condemned the barrier being built in the occupied territory as a land grab.
Israel calls the planned 600-km (370 mile) network of concrete barricades and razor-wire fences a bulwark against suicide bombers who have spearheaded a Palestinian uprising that erupted in 2000.
The World Court has ruled the barrier illegal because it is built on land Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians seek statehood in all of Gaza and the West Bank.
The United States, chief patron of a peace "road map," has said Israel can expect to keep West Bank settlement blocs under a peace deal. But it has also condemned Israel's failure to abide by its road map obligation to freeze settlement building.
Adam Avidan, spokesman for Israel's military-run Civil Administration in the West Bank, said Palestinian landowners were given a tour of the fence route near Maale Adumim on Tuesday and have a week to file court appeals against the expropriation.
Israel's Supreme Court has found in favor of several such challenges, ordering changes to the West Bank barrier route.