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Conflicts become intractable when both sides cease to believe in the possibility of there being reasonable people on the other

By Tom Clark   September 2018

A picture taken on August 9, 2018 shows a smoke billowing during an Israeli air strike on Gaza City. Photo: PA

“I’ve always been a supporter of Israel,” wrote the Conservative peer Daniel Finkelstein in The Times this summer, “ever since my mum told me about the people who had left Belsen with her on the train and found themselves homeless.” That isn’t a perspective to be casually dismissed. Nor is that of Nasser Nawaja, the Palestinian Donald Macintyre met in the West Bank. His father was displaced as a…

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