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Israelis and Palestinians Need Outside Help

Any attempt to understand the current mess in Israel and the Palestinian territories requires the ability to hold at least three seemingly incompatible concepts in one’s head. All at the same time.

Much of the world, regrettably, appears to have lost the mental flexibility necessary for complex thinking. That is probably due to the culling effect of social media on human cognition and the spread of the pernicious identity theology from colleges into the wider society. Sheer exhaustion with the never-ending conflict also plays a part.

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The end of Zionism as we know it

Today marks five weeks since Hamas’ bloody rampage through the Israeli towns, villages and military bases surrounding the Gaza Strip. It’s Saturday, the Jewish day of rest. The streets of Tel Aviv are quiet; coffee bars are crowded but less so than normal. Couples with young kids throng the swings and slides in the park near my home.

Eighty kilometres south of here, Israeli forces have closed their stranglehold on al-Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s largest, with thousands of patients, medical staff and refugees trapped inside. The hospital’s operating theatres are dark, due to a lack of electricity, medical supplies and clean water.