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Why the world should recognize Palestine now

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I recently came across an article by the renowned Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua explaining his call for recognition of the State of Palestine back in 2014. One of the reasons he cited was the despair felt by both Israelis and Palestinians regarding the chances of ever reaching a peace agreement. While that argument still applies to the Palestinians, most Israelis have moved from despair to indifference. Despair arises when people see no path toward something they really want, while indifference can result from a range of things – from ignorance to misinformation or disinformation all the way to heartlessness. Whatever the source of their indifference, most Israelis have simply lost interest in achieving peace with the Palestinians.

The obvious question is: How can that be? Well, first, if you take the effects of COVID-19 out of the equation, life in Israel is pretty darn good. In fact, the UN World Happiness Report for 2019 ranked Israel 14th out of 153 countries. So, while the occupation touches every aspect of the lives of every Palestinian every single day, Israelis – except for those in areas that occasionally come under attack from Gaza – are largely unaffected by it. It has gone on for so long that most Israelis think that Green Line refers to Tel Aviv’s new light rail system, and they have no idea that the city of Ariel, which features prominently on the TV weather........

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