Yes, the supposedly Right, pro-Jewish rights in the Land of Israel Menachem Begin's revolutionary "give the Arabs autonomy" policy opened the door to the security and diplomatic Hell that the State of Israel now suffers.
While Menachem Begin had been in the Opposition, the Leftist Labor leadership never dared proposing withdrawing from any of the Land and certainly not destroying Jewish communities. But just over a decade after Israel's totally miraculous victory in the 1967 Six Days War, Begin not only handed Egypt's Sadat the Sinai on a silver platter, he turned thousands of Israelis into refugees, giving away their homes, communities, businesses and farms.
I'll never forget the bombastic statements he made afterwards claiming that this decision will preserve Israeli rights to the rest of the Land of Israel and his promises that the new communities established in places like Gush Katif were guaranteed as permanent and Israeli. But we all know what happened since then. Begin's successors in the Likud, Arik Sharon and Ehud Olmert came up with Disengagement and destroyed those very "replacement" communities in Gush Katif.
Even worse, the pressure on Israel to withdraw from Judea, Samaria and neighborhoods in Jerusalem have only gotten stronger.
(Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed more than a dozen international conventions on Tuesday, citing anger at Israel's delay of a prisoner release in a decision that jeopardized U.S. efforts to salvage fragile peace talks.That Palestine "genie" has grown and can't be controlled. It will take a very brave and strong Israel to destroy it. Unfortunately, I don't see any Israeli politicians with the guts to do it.