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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rose-colored glasses

13 1 20

I have been accused in the past of being a dreamer, of wearing rose-colored glasses.

And so when Israel’s current “Change” government was formed and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was nowhere to be found on its agenda, I was really concerned. The items listed in the coalition agreements covered repairing rifts and inequities in society, but only those affecting citizens within Israel.

Since then, Prime Minister Bennett has proclaimed that Palestinians would not get a state under his watch. I am not sure how many noticed, but he also noted that annexation would not take place. Bennett recognizes that the coalition will only work as long as the issues they attack are common ones; the bigger issues cannot be touches as they would not only rock the boat, but sink it.

Bennett’s publicly asserted adamance regarding statehood – even if tempered by knowledge that there was a pragmatic reason accompanying his own ideological one – made me think things will only get worse as Palestinians and the world see no progress towards a resolution.

My fear was that once the world realized that a broad coalition was no different than the far right government that preceded it insofar as the conflict was concerned, those who had blamed Bibi as the impediment to progress would no longer have him as a scapegoat. I truly feared that Israeli itself would be vilified and anti-Israel sentiment would increase.

At the same time, I had noted that cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian governments was increasing. The hostile positions that both sides clung to when the previous Israeli government was in place seems to be replaced........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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