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Until We Recognize the Palestinian Story, There's No Escape Hatch

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The prevailing reaction in Israel to the recent escape of security prisoners is polarized: On one hand, there are people who are excited by the similarities to the blockbuster “The Shawshank Redemption,” while on the other, there are many who are obsessed with the security breach. This response is typical in its short-sightedness. The fascinating thing about the blindness of Israeli society is its blindness by choice.

With all due respect to the sleepy guard and the collapse of security arrangements, the real story is much bigger than that. It is the Palestinian story, which we have no patience for. But the more we turn our faces away from it, the more it returns to knock at our door. If we close the door, it comes back through the window, or through a slit in the wall on the Gaza border, or in the Tweet by soccer star Munes Dabbur, or in the sewage outlet under a sink in the prison’s ward number 2.

Israelis are shocked anew each time a fragment of this reality falls on their heads. They are offended to the core when a Hamas operative exploits a narrow wedge in order to shoot........

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