The pullout from Gaza is long overdue. If Israelis do not begin to allow Palestinians the opportunity to live decent lives, the decency of Jews should be questioned. I am a strong believer in the Zionist dream, but somehow occupation has been a black eye on that vision. While all Jews must protect each other, we must also remember that all people, regardless of who they are, have the right to an opportunity to live their lives honorably and with hope. Jews and Palestinians have each had rightful claims to Palestine. Israel has flourished because of the work, dedication and support from Jews around the world. If Sharon has come around after his long history of militarism and settlement building, one hopes others will see the light.
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)
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