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June 06, 2011

on the rise of Israeli right

June 06, 2011

June 06, 2011

I just read Arik Segal's peace on the rise of the Israeli right, it is just startling how some Israeli commentators find ways to twist facts and build false narratives. First, the peace process's death came after a long process, and as a result of the rise of the right wing's rise on both sides. Second, the "1948 narrative", which doesn't exist in my opinion, is built on the premises that demonstrations of return in different places signal a shift in politics. This is untrue. On the anniversary of the 1967 Arab defeat, the Naksa, demonstrations were held too, and in the same way. If anything, commentators see those demonstrations as a sign that Assad's dictatorship is trying to outsource the rebellion, and create an external conflict to divert attention. 

The whole analysis is flawed, and it makes one wonder if neutral analysis will prevail in such a polarised conflict.

"In the past two weeks, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has come full circle. On May 15, Palestinians marked the 63rd anniversary of al-Nakba, or "the catastrophe" of the creation of the state of Israel. For the first time, hundreds of Palestinians came from Syria and managed to take down the border fence separating their country from Israel and enter the Golan Heights. The sight of hundreds of Palestinians carrying flags, yelling slogans, and marching into Israel sparked a sense of unity and hope for Palestinians who feel that they are about to fulfil the "right of return". "


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