By Ted Belman
Caroline Glick makes the case that Israel should let go of Abbas because the status quo is the only thing he will accept. He knows that if he were to agree to a deal, any deal, that the returning refugees would kill him. She continues:
Once Abbas is gone, Israel will have to choose between applying its laws to parts of Judea and Samaria and offering the Palestinians outside those areas a limited form of autonomy, or applying its laws to the entire region, conferring permanent residency status on the Palestinians and offering them the right to apply for Israeli citizenship.
Obviously she isn’t wedded to her own plan. She acknowledges that Israelis will have to decide between Bennett’s plan and hers.
Alarmists argue that without Abbas, Israel will go broke having to finance the Palestinian budget. But this is ridiculous. Once you subtract the hundreds of millions of dollars that go missing every year, and you take into account that Israel managed to govern the areas for 24 years, you realize that this is just one more empty threat – like the demographic threat — made by people who have no political existence without the facade of a peace process.
One less thing to worry about.