Israel's got its own refugee dilemma: African 'dreamers'

TEL AVIV • It's been obvious to me for some time that the Israeli-Arab conflict is to wider global geopolitical trends what off-Broadway is to Broadway. If you want a hint of what's coming to a geopolitical theatre near you, study this region. You can see it all here in miniature.

That certainly applies to what's becoming the most destabilising and morally wrenching geopolitical divide on the planet today - the divide between what I call the "World of Order" and the "World of Disorder". And Israel is right on the seam - which is why the last major fence Israel built was not to keep West Bank Palestinians from crossing into Israel but to keep more Africans from walking from their homes in Africa, across the Sinai Desert, into Israel.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2018, with the headline 'Israel's got its own refugee dilemma: African 'dreamers''. Print Edition | Subscribe