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    • miche norman
    • 12.09.05 | 22:45 (IDT)

    The point that I was trying to make - was that the Army whose uniform I am so proud to wear, and the country where I have the good luck to live has done some very exceptional things. Recognizing Muslim attachment to our holiest site is an act of supreme humanity and I doubt if any other nation on earth would act in such a humane way - and if you want a comparison -compare this to the war on peace that Arafat started because a Jew dared to tread on Judaism's holiest site. Along with many Israeli's I feel very mixed feelings today - one side of which is feelign somewhat cleaner - there is no such thing as a good occupation - maybe no other "occupation" was so justified - and by occupation I do not mean occupation of the land because it is our land as much as it is the Palestinians - but of a people. We ended the occupation at least in part because of the realization of the moral aituation. sure demographics played a part - but more than a feeling of goos we have got rid of 1.3 million Arabs there is a feeling that good we are not ruling over 1.3 million Arabs. We looked at the scenes of the disengagement with pride in ourselves and out people. In a short space of time 8000 people built something quite extraordinary in Gaza - the challenge facing the PLA is to show the same skills and build something themselves.

    from the article: Addicted to the poison of occupation
    First published 00:00 12.09.05 | Last updated 00:00 12.09.05
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