From an Israeli reader:
Dear Mr. Goldberg,
While I generally agree with you, I have to write to tell you I think you are sadly misguided in your support—no matter how tepid—for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. Giving Hamas the run of Gaza (and that is surely what this will amount to) and the Egyptians the keys to the Philadelphia Corridor will leave all of Israel tremendously vulnerable to greater and greater terror attacks. Not to mention the seldom discussed economic aspect: this disastrous expulsion is about to destroy the $100 million annual agricultural economy of Gush Katif, which is certainly not going to help our already damaged economy. And, further, not to mention the all-too-little understood human cost of nearly 8,000 people being bodily tossed out of their homes, many of which they built with their own hands. And all in exchange for… nothing. This will not lead to peace, any more than Oslo did. It is one more tragic misstep in a long history of mistakes in dealing with terrorists. Israel rewards them, they laugh and take more. I am very afraid our daily lives here in Israel are about to get a lot worse.