Israel begins pullout from Gaza

"There is no sense whatsoever to remain here," he added. "The settlers do not have a future in the Gaza Strip, because they cannot live as an isolated group of people 8,000-strong among a million-and-a-half Palestinians who live in poverty and protest and unemployment." Shimon Peres, discussing the pullout.

I think most Progressive Zionists are in a "wait-and-see" mode about this pullout. It's a necessary move, and it's a positive move, but there are forces at the fringes who want to see the whole thing unravel.

I think it's safe to seek spiritual guidance on this one, folks. If you feel so moved, please say a prayer in the language of your faith that this withdrawal leads us closer to peace. I know I will.

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