February 23, 2005
The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday gave final approval to a withdrawal of its forces from The Gaza Strip.
It also revised the path of its wall separating Israel from the so-called territories.
The revised route brings Israel closer to the original frontier established in 1948.
Most military experts say that 1948 border is indefensible.
The terror attacks have declined since the new Palestinian Prime Minister to office, but this is a sham.
Every time Israel has ceded land or made other concessions in the past, the Palestinian side took them and offered in return more bloodshed and death.
That's because the Palestinians have no intention of settling or compromising any of their objectives.
Those objectives are the complete annihilation of the Jews and eradication of the Israeli state.
They say so to their own people in their media, children's textbooks, sermons from their mosques and in their actions.
How long will it be before Israeli leaders and the west wise up to this?
The trouble is, when they do it will be too late for Israel.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.