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    • Rabbi Neal Borovitz
    • 17.08.05 | 16:08 (IDT)

    I would suggest that Haaretz look at the current pullout and the responses of both the Army and the settlers in a different light than I have seen conveyed to this point. Israelis today are proving that democracy works!! The rights of the minority to free speech and protest are being respected while the rule of law and the will of the majority is being protected. As one who supports the withdrawal as a necessary way to both protect Israeli lives and to hopefully find a new path toward peace I nonetheless feel compassion for my brothers and sisters who responded to the call to settle in Gaza on behalf of the State of Israel a generation ago and now are being asked to give up their homes for the sake of the State of Israel. I ask Haaretz to emphisize more the fact that both the vast majority of settlers who are relunctantly leaving and the compassionate and caring soldiers and police who are enforcing the law are proving that Israel remains both Jewish and Democratic. Let us also pray that the Palestinians who will be given autonomy in Gaza will use it as an opportunity to establish a Democratic society willing to live in Peace with Israel

    from the article: IDF: Demolition of settlement houses may start at end of next week
    First published 00:00 16.08.05 | Last updated 00:00 16.08.05
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