Since 73,Israel has wrestled with the cost-benefit of the occupation.When I made aliyah during the Yom Kippur War,the debate began on the kibbutzim and other bastions of liberal thought.It went something like this-the cost of occupation that Israel will ultimately pay is the moral high ground that we Israelis enjoyed in the 67 and Yom Kippur victories.The world was awed by our stregnth and still compassionate towards the people who survived the Holocaust to build a strong and death defying state.The idea of turning a desert into lush farmland was novel and the settlers were pictured as halutzim in shorts and covae temble holding pitchforks.Our soldiers were the envy of all armies and we had the moral high-ground.Now we don't and just as the kibbutznikim and others predicted,the cost of the occupation far outweighs any benefits.We indeed must rethink where the Jewish State is going and how we can get there together.We are at our best when we work together as one Jewish people.
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