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    • Jeff Halper
    • 27.12.12 | 11:30 (IST)

    Ari Shavit has the remarkable ability to ask precisely the right questions -- in this case, why did the center-left fail? -- and come up with precisely the wrong answers: in this case, because it didn't deal properly or understand Arab extremism. Missing is the elephant in the room, Occupation, which isn't even mentioned by Shavit. What if Hamas and the suicide bombers were merely symptoms of hopelessness because of an Israeli refusal to end its 45 year Occupation? The problem with Shavit is the "center" part of his Center-Left political analysis: it blames the victims for their extremism, even their very resistance to oppression, and lets the powerful party, Israel, of the hook. The "center" part of Shavit will always frustrate his ability to provide truly insightful answers because it limits his critical facilities and keeps him securely in the box of conventional, acceptable thinking. Too bad: The questions are too good for run-of-the-mill answers..

    from the article: The folly of Israel's center left
    First published 03:06 27.12.12 | Last updated 03:06 27.12.12
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