The importance of (the boycott) is more political and diplomatic than it is financial today.
(Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon is a genius. He is giving the world a taste of what Palestinian sovereignty will look like. It will be chaotic. The Palestinians will find it very difficult to manage.
They don't have the organization behind them. They don't have the money behind them. And they're really based on one issue and one or two personalities and that's not enough to hold an Israeli party together.
Every single attempt has never achieved national dominance of the political system and the reason because they don't have the deep roots in the Israeli ideological system,
It convinced us that Gaza was not worth holding on to and awakened us to the demographic danger. It took two intifadas for a majority of Israelis to decide that Gaza is not worth it.
Of course terror has a role in the disengagement. It convinced us that Gaza was not worth holding onto and awakened us to the demographic danger. It took two intifadas for a majority of Israelis to decide that Gaza is not worth it.
If this thing goes off with fairly few hitches, it means it could go smoothly in the West Bank, as well. It will create a precedent that Israel, with very little resistance, removed settlers and redrew its borders.