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An Armed Ghetto

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MORE THAN anything else, this episode shows again how desperately we need peace. The inter-Palestinian reconciliation could bring peace nearer -- and therefore the Israeli Right, and especially the settlers, wants to destroy it.

I believe that the settlements are a disaster for Israel. But my heart bleeds for the three boys -- two of them 15 years old, one a bit older -- who are now being held in conditions it is hard to imagine, if they are still alive.

The best way to prevent hostage-taking is to release prisoners voluntarily. Even the Security Service cannot seriously maintain that all the many thousands of political prisoners now in our prisons constitute a mortal danger to our existence.

An even better way forward is to end the occupation by making peace.

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Uri Avnery is a longtime Israeli peace activist. Since 1948 has advocated the setting up of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. In 1974, Uri Avnery was the first Israeli to establish contact with PLO leadership. In 1982 he was the first Israeli ever to meet Yassir Arafat, after crossing the lines in besieged Beirut. He served three terms in the (more...)
 

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