Monday, June 11, 2007

Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't this article say that the cost of evacuating the West Bank would cost Israel about as much as the occupation has cost us for the last forty years? I could continue here with a fierce tirade against the occupation, using lots of "If only..." visions, but I won't. It is very hard if not impossible to calculate the exact costs - financial, that is, the emotional, moral and political costs are even harder to measure - of the occupation, but the article gives us a sobering idea - not more than an idea, but still - of the price that Israel has been paying for that occupation. Some of you will ask "And what about the price that the Palestinians have paid and continue to pay?", and you are obviously right. Yet I believe that unfortunately that price does not interest most Israelis. On the other hand, if the Israelis let their own real interests prevail the occupation would already have come to an end. If each of the two main sides to the conflict searched only for its own ( leaders' ) faults and responsibilities and made sure its own interests were somehow taken care of, peace would be just around the corner.

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