Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Conversations with Israel

To celebrate the recently announced ceasefire between Gaza and Israel, here’s a brief outtake from a conversation I had a few days ago with an Israeli:
Israeli: I am very sad after hearing a four year old was killed [by mortar fire from Gaza, see here].
This blogger: You are aware that 400 other four year olds have already died in the conflict?
Israeli: Yes, but I can only relate to the one I see and feel.

There are plenty of ways to analyse the above. For example, one can point a finger at the role of Israeli media in this conflict. I will refrain from that and instead repeat what I have said her before: that I am very pessimistic about the chances of achieving peaceful long term resolution to this conflict.

Image by Toban Black, Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0) licence

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