Is the Israeli Government Capable of Withdrawing from the Settlements?
David Matz


Since 1967, every Israeli government has supported Jewish settlement in the occupied territories. Whether this support stemmed from ideological commitments or from the cold logic of maintaining Israelís ever fragile governing coalitions, Israeli leaders have long been beholden to a small but ever growing and more influential core of civilians intent on making their presence in the occupied territories permanent. Between the critical mass formed by a range of settlements from small cities to small outposts, and the increasingly desperate calls for Israeli soldiers themselves to resist Sharonís disengagement plan, even including death threats against the elected leadership, has Israel hemmed herself into political immobility? Can Israel withdraw from the territories?

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