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Nov 27, 2023Liked by Noah Berlatsky

Yes, although I fumbled my point.

Less “cleverly,” my meaning was that after all these months of seeing bombed-out Ukraine as something to oppose, the heavy-bombing response to Hamas being described as something to support rings false. Maybe we’ve just collectively seen too many hostage rescue fictions tho.

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It wasn’t Biden’s war so he didn’t want to be seen as the puppet master of it, I’m sure. Otherwise yeah, agree with all of this.

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Regardless of one’s analytical framework and whether Zionism is essential or anathema, there is a fundamental cognitive dissonance when humans see devastated Gaza called evil after over a year of devastation of Ukraine’s “good.”

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Israel is a U.S. foreign policy project. Whatever happens for good or ill is a direct result of U.S. foreign policy. This project precedes Biden and will outlast him and any successors.

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I don't want to take too much credit away from protestors, but if you read any of the many available accounts of the negotiations, these negotations have been ongoing from the start (well maybe October 9 or 10 and not 7) and the Biden administration has more or less always been involved. Does this particular ceasefire and hostage exchange and its timing owe much to the protests? I really can't tell, but I do think you exaggerate quite a lot with one exception: Netanyahu does seem to really have been pushed by Israeli protests to bring the hostages home quickly. Maybe those protests are impacted by protests here in the US, but I actually doubt that very much. I remain pessimistic that we get the peace you are looking for or that protests in the US will have much to do with getting it or not. I find this interview with an Israeli peace activist and frequent party to negotiations between Israel and Hamas (including these) insightful https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2023/11/why-did-israel-and-hamas-finally-reach-a-deal.html It will be very hard for Israel to let this end with Hamas in power in Gaza.

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