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Jul 17 / Jonathan

Who started?

More Gideon Levy.

Who started?

We started. We started with the occupation, and we are duty-bound to end it, a real and complete ending. We started with the violence. There is no violence worse than the violence of the occupier, using force on an entire nation, so the question about who fired first is therefore an evasion meant to distort the picture. After Oslo, too, there were those who claimed that “we left the territories,” in a similar mixture of blindness and lies.

Gaza is in serious trouble, ruled by death, horror and daily difficulties, far from the eyes and hearts of Israelis. We are only shown the Qassams. We only see the Qassams. The West Bank is still under the boot of occupation, the settlements are flourishing, and every limply extended hand for an agreement, including that of Ismail Haniyeh, is immediately rejected. And after all this, if someone still has second thoughts, the winning answer is promptly delivered: “They started.” They started and justice is on our side, while the fact is that they did not start and justice is not with us.

Via billmon, who comments,

One of the things that’s always impressed me about Israel is the fact that there are still journalists and pundits willing to point out that the Zionist emperor isn’t wearing any clothes, and some fairly large, well-known newspapers (like Ha’aretz) still willing to publish their writings — even now, in the middle of a war.

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