Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Regarding "Forecast for Mofaz visit to Gush Katif today: cool to stormy", Ha'Aretz, April 19, 2005: As much as I try to feel sympathy for the settlers who might - or, who knows, might not - be forced to leave their homes in a few months' time, sometimes I find it a bit hard. It is probably me who is detached from reality, not the residents of Gush Katif. Still, doesn't any one of them think how many of the needy people - for whom the settlers prepare food packages for Pesach "as part of a public relations campaign" ( I always thought that tsedakah is not supposed to be part of any PR campaign, but I am not really an expert ) - would really be helped with the funds that the Jewish state could save and gain if only the occupation came to an end? Also, if the residents of Gush Katif use the Haggadah to interpret current events, why don't they introduce more of the 'Jewish soul' that is mentioned in our national anthem? The disengagement from Gaza could be interpreted as the (re)start of the Jewish State's exodus towards true freedom. Only if we end the occupation will we ever be able to become "a free people in our land ( not someone else's ), the land of Jerusalem and Zion ( not of Gaza, Jenin and Ramallah )".
PS: Don't get me wrong, I do not believe that the occupation is the only reason why Israel's socio-economic situation is much worse than it could be.

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