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March 14, 2013

Watson: Palestinians and Israelis prolong a mutual tragedy


Ayalon is not naive or idealistic. Even though he calls for more Israeli imagination and more Israeli overtures, he tells us that it cannot be him who will talk with the Palestinians — it must be someone else. He is too burned and too traumatized, and he has for too long been both the target and perpetrator of violence and savagery.

Is Israel going to annex the West Bank? Will Hamas and Fatah ever unite? Will there eventually be 1 million West Bank settlers? Will the Palestinians not ever rise up — as in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria — and refuse the status quo?

This movie portrays the irresponsibilities of the last 45 years. For an ordinary Jew or an ordinary Palestinian — and not ignoring any circumstance — how deeply wrong and unfair it has been that the men with power have been so derelict in their duty to create better political realities.


Brian T. Watson is a regular Salem News columnist. Contact him at

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