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Independence for Both Peoples

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Israel will begin its 71st Independence Day celebrations Wednesday evening; the enjoyment will be diluted by the knowledge of the price, in blood and despair, exacted by the last round of violence in Gaza. Four Israeli civilians and 25 Palestinians were killed in another bloody campaign. The events of the past few days, like the rest of the wars and operations, demonstrate the diplomatic dead end that has been reached.

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Even though a cease-fire was reached, it is likely that the violence will resume soon, that new rocket barrages will again force large numbers of Israelis into bomb shelters and wreak additional death and misery. The first to admit this depressing fact is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, in contrast to his enthusiasm for pre-empting televisions broadcasts for his war against the........

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