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The Gaza Pullout

This is a tremendous event, a real sea change. Sharon is saying (or beginning to say — the West Bank will be the real test): “Israel is a nation. These are its borders. Beyond those borders are other nations.

Israeli citizens can live in those other nations only if those other nations are willing to let them immigrate.”

It’s a state solution. It takes us back to pre-1967. The Arabs should be very worried about this. If I am just a state, and you are just a state, then we might go to war, as states do, given any of the traditional definitions of casus belli.

Israel has fought wars against Jordan, Egypt, and Syria; but she has never fought a war against Palestine. What would an Israeli-Palestine war look like? If I were a Palestinian Arab, I think I’d hope never to find out.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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