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The Ballad of Balloons and Fish

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27.07.2021

Coverage in the Hebrew media about what is happening between Israel and Gaza at times seems more akin to Japanese haiku metaphors, surrealistic images, or a secret code that only aliens could decipher, than a representation of reality. For example, on Monday most of the headlines about the recent escalation in Gaza were once again about balloons and fish.

Israeli readers may have accidentally heard how in response to the fires caused by the incendiary balloons in southern Israel, Israel attacked Gaza and once again reduced the fishing zone from twelve miles to six. This is a kind of ritual that repeats itself until it loses meaning, receiving minimal public attention.

Should our planet survive global warming, in a few hundred years from now, historians studying media coverage of these events will rub their eyes in wonder at the sight of a regional power’s endless preoccupation with restricting the fishing of sardines in response to balloon warfare.

Certainly, this ballad of balloons and fishes does not tell the whole story. This recent........

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