THE NEXT 70 YEARS

The next 70 years: Israelis divided over the way forward

As Israel marks the 70th anniversary of its founding, Palestinians continue to commiserate over their displacement. Here's a look at the challenge both peoples face in the seemingly intractable conflict.

Graffiti on the concrete wall - located between Bethlehem and Jerusalem which the Israelis call an anti-terror fence and the Palestinians denounce as an apartheid wall - aptly summarises the political situation in the Holy Land on Israel's 70th Independence Day.

A white peace dove with an olive branch in its beak can barely keep itself in the air, because its opulent body is weighed down by a bulletproof vest. It needs this vest, because the crosshairs of a sniper float above its heart. Peace in the Middle East - an endangered species.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline 'Israelis divided over the way forward'. Print Edition | Subscribe