L’chaim! A traditional Jewish toast celebrating life has taken a somber note in the Middle East, with recent events like the Hamas Massacre on October 7th and Israel’s retaliatory bombing of Gaza. The echoes of conflict reverberate through a history that traces back to the establishment of Israel by the United Nations in 1948, marking 75 years of persistent bloodshed in the region.
Despite the grim reality, a glimmer of optimism urges us to seek resolution in understanding the historical roots of this enduring rivalry. To unravel the complex narrative, Robert Vaughan engaged in a thought-provoking conversation with Professor Salim Mansur of Western University. Mansur’s recent Substack article, titled Rabin’s Murder is Prehistory of Gaza-Israel 10/7, delves into the profound changes Israel underwent from a secular state led by figures like Yitzhak Rabin to a religious state under leaders like Benjamin Netanyahu. Mansur suggests that this shift contributed to a trajectory of increased bloodshed and conflict, posing a challenge with no clear solution, possibly necessitating intervention by the United Nations.
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