To Mike and others who seem to enjoy suggesting that I move away, I see no reason to. I can coexist very well here with Palestinians, and for that matter people from other countries, be they Jews, Christians, or pink with yellow polkadots so long as they are humane beings. I don't see that a Jewish state has made the Jews here less paranoid, more tollerant or humane. There are such here, too, but many Israelis today care only about themselves, and not even of our own Israeli poor. Is it really necessary to spend so much money on creating the greater Israel while in Israel Israelis starve, while social benefits this past year are among the lowest in Western countries, while violence increases, as does abuse of the elderly. I was ashamed and hurt to see Holocaust survivors and other elderly with insufficient funds for even buying food for Passover. But look at how much money Israel spends on the military, on expanding, and look at how many lives are unnecessarily wasted and lost. From my standpoint, it is time to start realizing to where stealing a country from another people is leading us to--to living on the sword. The time has come to turn our swords into ploughshares (or other useful implements which better society rather than killing its children). Enough killing. And yes, peace is possible. If you will it, it need not remain a dream. Dorothy
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from the article: Does Israel want peace?