Like Avraham and Avimelech, like fighting for a well, for olive groves, for justice. Like Avraham buying the cave of Mkhpelah. These infuriating stories bring us back to the biblical bronze-age. Every story of hate, sin, deceit and injustice; of lies and counter-lies, will remain in the people, will forme their children's mindset, and will continue to shape the contours of the vendettas to come. Two human groups with deep connections to the land, one more recent (but not so much), one more ancient (but not so much): "This is my land". "This are my dunams, my olive trees". And that's still relatively trivial. "This is the land where the King of Israel sang, these are the tombs..." But then comes the God factor, and with it absolutism, fanaticism, and the impossibility to see the other as human; the impossibility to surrender to humanity. It is so aggravating and so bronze-age biblical too.
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