“The decisive factor in next week’s election — and the reason for Benjamin Netanyahu’s durability — is a repressed memory”

NEW YORK TIMES
The One Thing No Israeli Wants to Discuss
by Matti Friedman
September 9, 2019

…No single episode has shaped Israel’s population and politics like the wave of suicide bombings perpetrated by Palestinians in the first years of the 21st century. Much of what you see here in 2019 is the aftermath of that time, and every election since has been held in its shadow. The attacks, which killed hundreds of Israeli civilians, ended hopes for a negotiated peace and destroyed the left, which was in power when the wave began. Any sympathy that the Israeli majority had toward Palestinians evaporated. READ MORE

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