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Haifa is Israel’s third biggest city and known for its Arab-Jewish coexistence. But during Israel’s war of independence in 1948 the majority of the Arab inhabitants in the city fled or was expelled according to a historical exhibition in the city museum. “Is what happened in 1948 still an open wound?” I asked Ron Assaf,… » read more

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The Munich analogy

In his article on the lessons learned from Sarajevo 1914 and Munich 1938 (January 7, FT), Gideon Rachman limits the “Munich analogy” to the appeasement policy in 1938 and the notorious Munich agreement when Czechoslovakia was sacrificed by the allied powers. In fact, appeasement and defeatism continued and contributed to Nazi-Germany’s victories in the beginning… » read more

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In his article “Kerry’s Mideast ‘failure’ was a success” (10 – 11 May, INYT), Mr. Shmuel Rosner makes a success of the failed peace talks. According to Rosner it cannot be a failure if the Israeli and Palestinians had other goals than reaching a peace deal. That’s a very strange way of looking at the… » read more

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Regarding Dani Dayan’s article ”Peaceful non-reconciliation” (10 June, INYT): As a former chairman of the settlers’ council in the West Bank, Mr Dayan seems to have made an U-turn and is proposing a number of constructive ideas on how to improve the daily life of the Palestinians in the absence of any progress towards a… » read more

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