The power of good will

On this year’s Israeli Independence Day, Gideon Samet wrote in a column for the Jerusalem newspaper Ha’aretz that as long as Israel occupies the West Bank and Gaza, it will never freely celebrate its own independence. ‘’In order to achieve true independence, there is no escaping [Palestinian] independence.’’

Will Israel’s military occupation end before the next independence day celebration? After a recent interview with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, editors of Ha’aretz concluded: not under a Sharon government. Comments made by Sharon led the newspaper to observe, “Israel is no longer seeking peace, neither immediately, nor in the foreseeable future.” Sharon was quoted as saying, “I don’t think we have to put forward such a pretentious goal.”


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