by A concerned citizen of the world,
There is no shortage of strong opinion on the situation in Israel/Palestine right now. We seem trapped between the rock of Israel’s collective punishment and the hard place of Palestinian rocket attacks. Any debate on the issue turns into a bunch of finger pointing and tiresome ‘whataboutery’. I think if we are going to construct a useful narrative about the state of the conflict, we need to take a step back from the current tit-for-tat escalations and look at how the situation has ended up as it is. The state of affairs today was actually set in motion years ago.
To understand the current context is to acknowledge that Israel has knowingly constructed the contours of the situation to eliminate the possibility of a viable peace process. They have intentionally realigned the narrative to underscore the idea that the conflict with the Palestinians is a zero-sum game, and that Israel is under attack from extremists who cannot be negotiated with.