Posted by: Tobias | January 19, 2009

“The hundred years’ war in Palestine”

A very good article on Palestine in the Economist concludes thus:

Taking Hamas down a peg is one thing. But even in the event of Israel “winning” in Gaza, a hundred years of war suggest that the Palestinians cannot be silenced by brute force. Hamas will survive, and with it that strain in Arab thinking which says that a Jewish state does not belong in the Middle East. To counter that view, Israel must show not only that it is too strong to be swept away but also that it is willing to give up the land—the West Bank, not just Gaza—where the promised Palestinian state must stand. Unless it starts doing that convincingly, at a minimum by freezing new settlement, it is Palestine’s zealots who will flourish and its peacemakers who will fall back into silence. All of Israel’s friends, including Barack Obama, should be telling it this.


  1. I read the article, I expected from the title to get a detail overview of events in the past hundred years however it never got to that. It stayed, at least to my humble opinion, a little bit shallow.

  2. Whole books, nay whole libraries have been filled with the history of the conflict. Perhaps it’s a bit much to ask to get more than the cliff notes version in an Economist article.

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