25 years on: What did Israeli settlers learn from the first Palestinian intifada?
The outbreak of the first intifada put an end to the settlers’ vision that the Palestinians would reconcile themselves to autonomy, rather than a state of their own - without violent confrontations.
When the first intifada broke out, in 1987, peace as the settlers in the territories knew it died. Up until then, the settlers had marketed themselves as an important security force, as the spiritual heirs to the Zionist pioneers who came to this land in the Second Aliyah (wave of immigration to Palestine, between 1904 and 1914). The settlers claimed that Israel’s future could be secured with the...
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