Tuesday, June 5, 2007

As in a wild fantasy

The 40th anniversary of the Six Day War has engendered a spate of articles, TV programmes and reminiscences. Apart from the fighter pilots who knocked out most of the Egyptian Migs while they were still on the ground, no-one seems to be relishing the moment too deeply.

Today's Ha'aretz had some thought provoking pieces :

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/867052.htmlTom Segev on how the common wisdom in Israel before the war was that the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza was contrary to the national interest and how the occupation came about in an unplanned way in the war's euphoric aftermath, as in a ‘wild fantasy’.

Amira Hass on how the occupation at initially made it possible , for the first time since 1948, for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel to reconnect but also how it later hemmed them into increasingly small spaces.

Fatah negotiator Saeb Ereqat eloquently begging today's Israel to accept the Arab peace initiative.

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