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.
Turkey to abolish visas for Greek Cypriots as part of EU deal (Reuters)
from the article: Addicted to the poison of occupation
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