From the moment that it started, Israelis with a desire for peace and reconciliation with the Palestinian people urged the Israeli government to allow the Palestinian people freedom and national self-determination. It was not Israel, but Jordan, who occupied Palestine in the early years after Israel had been created, from. And it was not the Palestinian people, but Egypt, Syria, and then in a lame way Jordan who seemed to threaten Israel's existence in the months of April, May and June 1967 until a preemptive strike by Israel followed by a decisive victory in the 6 Day War gave Israel reason to temporarily occupy land that was recognized by an international community as Palestinian (though, to be fair, we need to acknowledge the double-standard of the Arab states and the U.N. in never passing any resolution demanding an end to the occupation when it was being done by Jordan in the West Bank and Egypt in Gaza).
Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun and national chair of the Tikkun Community/ Network of Spiritual Progressives.
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