The Great Divide

Constructing an Effective Israeli Opposition

by Emmanuel Farjoun
published in MER157

One of the most intriguing questions after a year of the intifada is the paucity of Israeli opposition to the government’s “iron fist” policy. True, dozens of small groups demonstrate against the occupation, the atrocities, the deportations, the mass arrests. There have been many calls for “better Israeli-Palestinian relations,” for “two states for two peoples.” But the cumulative impact of this activity has not been a major force in Israeli society and politics -- nothing like the opposition that developed against the war in Lebanon.

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