Hezbollah still a useful bogeyman for Israel and the US
The Israeli state is rightly concerned about the possibility of large-scale attacks from the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah. Much is made of the group’s links to Iran, Israel’s former ally and current Middle East competitor. In the subjective world of realpolitik, good and evil are defined by whether or not a given state supports the actions of another.
Hamas attacks on Israel inevitable
Israel strictly controls Gaza’s land borders, airspace and coastal zones with a combination of conventional military hardware and high-tech surveillance devices. It has also enforced a harsh import and export blockade since 2008. As Morgan Duchesney argues, the human costs of Israel’s brutal occupation always meant that a terrible retaliation by Hamas was inevitable.
Palestinian Nakba and the creation of Israel deserve equal recognition
The word Nakba is used to describe the period between 1947 and 1949, when over 700,000 indigenous Arabs were driven from their homes during a “cleansing” operation that made way for the creation of the state of Israel. Since the Nakba is intentionally excluded from mainstream narratives, most Canadians receive a narrow version of history.