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Israelis and Palestinians despair, but shouldn’t

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Published: 29 October 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Polls from a distant land: Israelis and Palestinians despair, but shouldn't – Gershom Gorenberg – The American Prospect 27.10.16
Polls of Israelis and Palestinian about the chances for peace show hopelessness on both sides—and provide good reason to believe the pessimism is unjustified. Both Palestinians and Israelis believe that the other's intentions are much worse than they are. If each side understood what the other wants, they'd have more hope for peace. If a responsible US president pays attention, she should jack up the pressure.

And see:

Why Israel still refuses to choose – Roger Cohen – The New York Times 28.10.16
As long as Israel has a blank check from Washington and an effective Security Council veto through the United States, nothing will change. And something has to.

Will foreign pressure save or destroy Israel?
– Akiva Eldar – Al-Monitor 25.10.16
What is more legitimate, wise and just: brainwashing domestic audiences with fear and hatred of the other side in order to perpetuate the status quo and distance peace, or mobilising external help to break free of the paralysis and save the peace process? The answer depends, of course, on whom you ask.


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