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Hell in the Holy Land

By Carl Bildt

21 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians are reaching a breaking point, Carl Bildt writes in PS. Worse, international diplomacy has succumbed to peace-process fatigue just when it's needed most.

JERUSALEM – A massive double crisis is emerging between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority are confronting internal challenges that have cast shadows over their respective futures, and fast-rising tensions between the two sides are approaching a breaking point.

In Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu has returned to power by allying himself with extreme ultra-Orthodox and right-wing parties that are determined to change the very nature of Israel’s constitutional order. Among other things, the government is pursuing reforms that will politicize the judiciary and strip it of its most important powers, as well as threatening to eliminate any remaining possibility of achieving a sustainable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian question.

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