August 15, 2005

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
Why they're leaving Gaza

There may not be "great enthusiasm" among American Jews for withdrawal, but that doesn't mean a case can't be made for it if they try. So I tried.

There is much that can go wrong with the disengagement, and only a fool would ignore the important warnings from its opponents. In this season of mourning past calamities in Jewish life, we need to remember that no Jewish community can afford to face the future without its eyes open to all the challenges.

But it behooves us to listen as well to the Israelis who believe that the Gaza pullout is a breakthrough in the quest for peace. For them, pills can be bitter, amputations painful, but the ultimate goal is to save the life of the patient