Israeli president asks settlers for forgiveness

Thursday, August 11, 2005 | 
Israeli President Moshe Katsav addressed the nation last night to encourage the settlers of the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria who, barring Divine intervention, will be expelled from their homes and relocated elsewhere. On behalf of the State of Israel, the President asked their forgiveness, acknowledging the great sacrifice they’re making. He asked that settlers, as well as soldiers, not resist because, in his words, that would cause more hurt and damage. Attempting to console them, he said, “The disengagement plan does not end your Zionist mission, and we must not speak in terms of destruction and finality. You said that ‘love will triumph,’ and you were right. Despite the fractured dream, love must win.”

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