Must-read article by Adam Shatz: “Why Israel didn’t win” (London Review of Books)

Dear All
The latest edition of the London Review of Books has an excellent analysis by Adam Shatz of what Israel has been losing in the recent (and not-so-recent) past:

Why Israel didn’t win
“The ceasefire agreed by Israel and Hamas in Cairo after eight days of fighting is merely a pause in the Israel-Palestine conflict. It promises to ease movement at all border crossings with the Gaza Strip, but will not lift the blockade. It requires Israel to end its assault on the Strip, and Palestinian militants to stop firing rockets at southern Israel, but it leaves Gaza as miserable as ever: according to a recent UN report, the Strip will be ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020. And this is to speak only of Gaza. How easily one is made to forget that Gaza is only a part – a very brutalised part – of the ‘future Palestinian state’ that once seemed inevitable, and which now seems to exist mainly in the lullabies of Western peace processors. None of the core issues of the Israel-Palestine conflict – the Occupation, borders, water rights, repatriation and compensation of refugees – is addressed by this agreement.”

One of many key statements:
“In an editorial headed ‘Hamas’s Illegitimacy’ – a curious phrase, since Hamas only seized power in Gaza after winning a majority in the 2006 parliamentary elections – the [New York] Times accused Hamas of attacking Israel because it is ‘consumed with hatred for Israel’. The Times didn’t mention that Hamas’s hatred might have been stoked by a punishing economic blockade. It didn’t mention that between the start of the year and the outbreak of this war, 78 Palestinians in Gaza had been killed by Israeli fire, as against a single Israeli in all of Hamas’s notorious rocket fire. Or – until the war started – that this had been a relatively peaceful year for the miserable Strip, where nearly three thousand Palestinians have been killed by Israel since 2006, as against 47 Israelis by Palestinian fire.”

Read the entire article here, and feel free to pass on the word, as long as you cite the source:
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n23/adam-shatz/why-israel-didnt-win

Adam Shatz is a contributing editor at the LRB and reports from the Middle East for the paper. Shatz is also a former literary editor of The Nation. He has worked at the New York Times Book Review, Lingua Franca and The New Yorker. Shatz is the editor of Prophets Outcast: A Century of Dissident Jewish Writing About Zionism and Israel (Nation Books). He also edited Lingua Franca‘s book reviews and has reported from Lebanon and Algeria for the New York Review of Books.
Shatz has contributed numerous articles on politics, music and culture to The Nation, The New York Review of Books, The Village Voice, The American Prospect and the New York Times.

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