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Can Israel disengage?

An ardent British supporter of Israel leaves the country convinced the occupation is destroying the Jewish soul

By Melanie Phillips   February 2004

In the new order of war, the kind that is now raging in Israel, there are many different front lines. There are the heavily guarded El Al airline check-in desks at airports around the world. There are the Israeli cafés and buses targeted by human bombs. And at the crossing point from Israel into Gaza there is the Erez military camp, under constant attack from mortars or sniper fire.

Gaza is the bunker of the middle east. Large quantities of arms are smuggled through the town of Rafah, which straddles the border with Egypt, along a warren of tunnels. The…

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