Saturday, May 28, 2005

Although I do not share the generally optimistic views expressed by Ha'Aretz' editors in this editorial on the occasion of Independence Day 2005, I agree with their conclusion: "The disengagement from Gaza must be the first stage on the way to a logical partition of the country, an opportunity to create two independent entities[...] If the entire intent in the departure from Gaza is to temporarily calm things down, neutralize international pressure and buy time, while looking for new subterfuges with which to grab more land with the help of the flexible route of the separation fence; if every outpost in the West Bank turns into "the rock of our existence;" if every further evacuation is perceived as a trauma and not as a building block for peace - an historic opportunity, nearly the last opportunity to be a truly free nation, will have once again slipped out of our hands."

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