On the Palestinian olive harvest and the Talmud.

On the Palestinian olive harvest and the Talmud..

I don’t know what the hell is going on in Israel. It has become received wisdom that the Palestinians in general, and Hamas in particular, are violent, ornery, refuse to accept a settlement and so forth. And there is no doubt that the Israeli population has suffered egregious harm from militant attacks over the years, not to mention full-blown war.

But when one reads this well-sourced article, it is hard not to feel that the lack of peace around the borders of Israel owes as much to the intransigence of the settler population, their cruelty to their Palestinian neighbours, and the complete failure of the IDF to act impartially.

Dear God Almighty, when will this ever end?

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