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Gaza and the worthlessness of international opinion, by Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)

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Apr. 2, 2018

Even though the Palestinian “March of Return” was far from peaceful, Israel’s critics still absolve Hamas.

Was the Palestinian “March of Return” a propaganda success for Hamas? If you think Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is a reliable barometer of international opinion, then maybe the answer is “yes.”…

…even if we were to concede that Hamas won the standoff in terms of public relations, perhaps what we should be pondering is the worthless nature of international opinion, rather than Israeli perfidy or foolishness.

The purpose of the march was not—as Sanders and others who have accepted Hamas’s propaganda claim—a march for “a better future.” It was explicitly a march to demand the so-called “right of return” for descendants of the 1948 Palestinian refugees into Israel. As such, it is a call for war without end since no Israeli government of any political stripe could ever concede this claim, which would effectively end the Jewish state.

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