The following is Israeli peace group Gush Shalom’s weekly message to be published tomorrow in Haaretz:

After 29 years of occupation, the last Syrian soldier has left Lebanon.

The Syrians consider Lebanon part of their “historic homeland”. They thought that their occupation is “irreversible”. Now, suddenly, they were forced to leave.

Many Israelis consider the occupied territories part of our historic homeland. They believe that the occupation is “irreversible”.

But in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Golan Heights, too, the occupation will come to an end. And perhaps much sooner than many people expect.

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