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Unstoppable Fear Meets Immovable Humiliation

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For 73 years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has proven the best minds incapable of finding a solution. So, what is at the heart of this impossible human challenge?

For this, I’d like to share an inspiration from Micah Goodman’s wonderful book, Catch-67: The Left, The Right, and The Legacy of the Six-Day War, where he frames the dilemma well. Goodman explains that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is really about fear vs. humiliation. The Jews are fearful of the Palestinians and the Palestinians feel humiliated by the Jews. The Jewish people collectively suffer post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorders after millennia of persecution culminating in the Holocaust and multiple Wars in Israel against far greater Arab forces. Further, this has been perpetuated by decades of terrorism and Intifadas that have left the Jews feeling vulnerable in their own land of Israel. The net effect of this Jewish history and of being surrounded by hundreds of millions of Arabs, many resentful and angry, is that Jews are naturally afraid. At the same time, the Palestinians, as part of the greater Arabs, feel humiliated after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the carving up of their lands by the West and the........

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