Ever since the State of Israel was founded, the only kind of discourse that has ruled is that of 1948. Its grammar and vocabulary are clear and well-known: The Arabs are evil, we are good. We seek peace, they are warmongers. We are the most moral nation in the world, they are base and bloodthirsty murderers. The content of the conversation on the Palestinian side is an exact mirror image. It is a discourse of complete mistrust and persistent suspicion. Twice, during the 1977 visit to Israel by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and again during the Oslo process and the peace agreement with Jordan, opportunities were almost created for a new discourse, and twice they were missed.
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