Israeli Palestinian Conflict

I – “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

The far more accurate term is “The Arab War on Israel.”

An 8/26/14 Tablet article by former long-time AP reporter Matti Friedman clearly points out the reversal of reality embodied in the media’s commonly-used expression “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

It is accepted that the conflict is “Israeli-Palestinian,” meaning that is a conflict taking place on land that Israel controls – 0.2 percent of the Arab world – in which Jews are a majority and Arabs a minority. The conflict is more accurately described as “Israel-Arab,” or “Jewish-Arab” – that is, a conflict between the 6 million Jews of Israel and 300 million Arabs in surrounding countries…. This is the conflict that has been playing out in different forms for a century, before Israel existed, before Israel captured the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank, and before the term “Palestinian” was in use.

The “Israeli-Palestinian” framing allows the Jews, a tiny minority in the Middle East, to be depicted as the stronger party…. This definition also allows the Israeli settlement project, which I believe is a serious moral and strategic error on Israel’s part [he introduces himself as “a liberal” and critic of many Israeli policies], to be described not as what it is – one more destructive symptom of the conflict – but rather as its cause.