1. The Mideast perceives "Disengagement" (from No. Samaria and Gaza) to be a retreat, cut & run, appeasement, rewarding terrorism and uprooting of Jews, rather than a moderating step. In a region which tolerates only deterrence-driven (rather than concession-driven) peace – as evident in inter Arab relations - "disengagement" would mean a setback to peace and a tailwind to terrorism. US interests and values are best served by conducting a Mideast policy based on realism and facts, rather than on wishful-thinking and myth.