The centrality of Eretz Yisrael and of Jerusalem in the Jewish historical conscience is a reality. This centrality explains the reaction of many Jews and Israelis to proposals for political settlements which focus on shared sovereignty. But to refuse the idea of sharing is to put in danger the values that are at the heart of Judaism and of the state of Israel. The daily violence of the occupation feeds resentment amongst the occupied population, the practices of occupation damage Israeli society from within, and the image of Israel as a country frozen in its role as occupier is severely damaging to its status within both the international community and the world Jewish community.

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