Addicts and enablers
Fresh and sharp view on the conflict. I think Bill Siegel’s got it exactly right:
The Addicted Palestinians by Bill Siegel
How responsibility is allocated among the parties determines virtually everything that is said on the topic. In short, those who in some sense side with Hamas or the Palestinians in general necessarily hold Israel responsible for Palestinian actions. This is the very same process addicts utilize to rationalize their own behavior, and the Palestinians and their sympathizers have employed it for decades. Similarly, many others who hold Israel guilty are fulfilling the same function that enablers perform in complementing the addict’s role. The two work together, with an almost unquestioned certainty, to support a narrative that allows the addict to continue his or her behavior. Maintaining the status quo is the hidden joint goal and the Palestinians have performed brilliantly in preventing any real change from disrupting their addiction.