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    • Giles Martin
    • 03.09.07 | 10:17 (IDT)

    One of the obligations under the Oslo Accord was to cease expansion of the settlements. All rumours and wishful thinking on the contrary, this is so--and now the evacuation of outposts has been delayed, as has the Gaza-West Bank corridor (which may have been a fortunate delay). Oslo actually bought peace for a while, without a final settlement. But another people grew weary of waiting, and Hamas gained in strength, rogue cells broke away from Fatah, and we all know what came of it. Failure to keep an agreement is a transgression, and I'm open to arguments that punishment follows transgression. For the child in Gaza that asked "Why didn't G-d stop (it, the uprooting or evacuation--pick a term)," the answer may be that it was His will. Theft is also as transgression, and Gaza wasn't even part of ancient Israel. Perhaps these are the times for man to evolve, and submit to the rule of secular law. If that can be passed off as suffering for the transgression of Solomon...

    from the article: First, evacuate the outposts
    First published 00:00 03.09.07 | Last updated 00:00 03.09.07
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