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The Forgotten Occupation

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This election looks as though someone finally gave up and decided to unveil the mechanism that activates elections in Israel, revealing them in their nakedness. We are preoccupied with who will split from whom, who signed a surplus votes agreement with whom and who will recommend whom, and after all the above there is no room left for policy.

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About two week ago Dvir Sorek from the settlement of Ofra was murdered, and a brother and sister were seriously wounded in a hit-and-run attack in Gush Etzion, like reminders of the bombs beneath the surface. But even the loss of life failed to cause those who are asking for the public’s trust to speak for a moment about life. Instead we got the usual clichés. There is no better proof that if it depends on the prime ministerial candidates, Sorek’s murder won’t be the last.

“We will continue to put down roots and we will continue to fight, whenever that is necessary, and to my regret it is necessary,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. If he had even a gram of honesty left, he would remind the........

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