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Israelis show their nobility in settlement withdrawal

Israelis demonstrated their nobility in the necessary but tragic departure from the land that has been their home for decades.

It is one thing to sit on this side of the world and say the issue is a simple one. Innocent Israelis have been dying for decades at the hands of Palestinians. If a withdrawal will stop the flow of blood, then by all means withdraw.

The issue is more convoluted for those who have created a life for themselves in Gaza and the West Bank. Many were born in these settlements. All poured their love and sweat into land that supported their biblical ancestors.

Given the settlers' sacrifice, armed conflict seemed likely. While there were protests and tears, however, there was very little violence.

Israelis have been enmeshed in a blood bath for decades, but they somehow managed to keep hold of their faith and their nobility.

We are beneficiaries of the settlers' withdrawal, as are other Israelis. The plague of Islamic terrorism had its origin in the violent training grounds of Israel. The peaceful coexistence of Israel and Palestine will do more to stop terrorism than any war.

The settlers' decision to accept sacrifice and spurn violence stands as a beacon of peace in a violent world.

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