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State of denial is a cancer at the very heart of Israel

Published 09/08/2014 | 02:30

Smoke, dust and debris rise over Gaza City after an Israeli strike
Smoke, dust and debris rise over Gaza City after an Israeli strike

THOSE of us of a certain vintage, in our younger and perhaps more innocent days, were unabashed supporters of Israel. We saw it as a tiny fledgling democracy, perpetually fighting its neighbours, defending its very existence.

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And, of course, the threatened extermination of the Jewish race during World War Two provided a haunting background to its very foundation.

So many Holocaust survivors sought a safe homeland in those ancient Biblical lands. For many of us, this provided moral justification for some of the bloody deeds carried out in setting up the new state.

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