Any addict knows that admitting his problem is the first step to recovery. I believe that most people are not so much addicted to occupation as they are to part of the fruits of it. In other words, they hate the drug but love its influence. The government has been the enabler, making a move to the territories financially attractive, and providing a cheap labor force within Israel while telling everyone that it is OK, ignoring the local population's objections to it. Did they never expect the Palestinians to rise up against it or did they believe that a strong arm could put down any trouble that arose? Years ago when I was living in Israel I read a book called "The Yellow Wind" and it opened my eyes and heart to the horrible reality of the occupation. Even though I support the idea of the Jewish State and have spent my entire adult life building it, I have always felt that occupying the territories was more damaging to Zionism than anything else and that the entire enterprise is called into question when the state is built upon the suffering of others. Morality is important and its value to the long term survival of Israel is not only the right thing but it is critical. As we get farther away from the Holocaust, Israel's justice must be able to stand on its own merits to survive.
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from the article: Addicted to the poison of occupation