The rockets launched at sea level from 75 miles away in Gaza that caused a 36-hour closing of Ben Gurion international airport in Tel Aviv proved that a two-state solution to the Palestinian refugee problem is impossible. In 2005, Israel removed its military and 10,000 Jewish settlers from Gaza. Gaza has launched thousands of rockets, built hundreds of military tunnels, planned to use the tunnels to kidnap hundreds of nearby Jewish neighbors in Southern Israel, and kidnapped and killed three teenagers.
If Israel were forced back to the 1949 armistice lines, Israel would have a narrow 9-mile-wide waistline — impossible to defend. The Judean Hills in eastern Israel would provide an ideal launching site for primitive rockets to hit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. All coastal cities would be within range of rockets launched from mountains in that area. All planes taking off and landing in Israel would be within range of shoulderlaunched anti-aircraft missiles. Israel’s transportation arteries, the Trans Israel Highway, must be protected against hostile gunfire and rocket attacks.
Any arrangement must include Israeli control of key areas of the mountain ridge and a demilitarized Palestinian state.