July 31, 2014

Myths American Jewish Leaders Tell About Gaza

Peter Beinart, Haaretz

The Associated Press

If you’ve been anywhere near the American Jewish community over the past few weeks, you’ve heard the following morality tale: Israel left the Gaza Strip in 2005, hoping the newly independent country would become the Singapore of the Middle East. Instead, Hamas seized power, ransacked greenhouses, threw its opponents off rooftops and began launching thousands of rockets at Israel. American Jewish leaders use this narrative to justify their skepticism of a Palestinian state in the West Bank. But in crucial ways, it’s wrong. And without understanding why it’s wrong, you can’t understand why this war is wrong too.

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TAGGED: Israel, Gaza, Hamas, Palestine, Palestinians, Ariel Sharon, Settlements

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