Aug. 20, 2019
It seems that just about everyone wants to “end the occupation” in Israel.
The call rings out from the editorial pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post, from pro-Palestinian NGOs, from progressive Jewish organizations, and from presidential candidates. Ask someone at random what Israel should do to resolve the longstanding Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and perhaps the answer you’re most likely to get is “end the occupation.”
It sounds simple enough — but which occupation are they talking about?
For most Westerners, the answer is obvious: the occupation of the West Bank (acquired by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War).
As it turns out, however, it’s not that simple. Contrary to the Western view, for most Palestinians, the occupation is….