Middle East: Levelling the Playing Field

Israel is a nation that needs to be saved from itself. Its war against the Palestinians has brought not only unspeakable horrors to Palestinian civilians but death and destruction to Israeli citizens as well. The damage to the institutions of the Palestinian Authority and the isolation of its president, Yasser Arafat, have strengthened militancy and radicalised Palestinian public opinion.

The World Today Updated 23 October 2020 Published 1 May 2002 4 minute READ

Eugene Rogan

Director, Middle East Centre, St. Antony's College, Oxford

Israel has never been more isolated, with even reliable American support beginning to wear thin. And still the leadership resorts to military force when force offers no solutions. The international community urgently needs to level the playing field in the cause of peace.

Israel’s crisis has political roots. The Likud-led coalition does not face the democratic constraints of a credible opposition. The Labour Party is implicated in the policies of a radical right-wing government by its continued participation. The standard checks and balances of opposition politics have been neutralised and no alternate vision or leadership offered to voters.

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