Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Shaking Off

Reportage of the current violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is mostly about local details.  It tends to be slanted, as ever: two weeks ago, RTE news was talking of how Israelis had been 'brutally murdered', while Palestinians appeared merely to have 'died'.

There is much talk these days about the unrest, which has been occasioned by Israeli moves to regulate access to the Haram al-Sharif, as part of the wider battle to control the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, of a 'third Intifada'.   Here is Nathan Thrall on the London Review of Books giving some clarity to the situation, and explaining the wider picture:

Nathan Thrall: Israel’s Allies


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