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Hopeless in Gaza

By Tom Chatfield  

Between 1996 and 2001, Prospect columnist Alex Renton reported on Israel and the Palestinian territories for the London Evening Standard. This February, he returned to Gaza for the first time to find a region that has in many ways moved backwards rather than forwards—the possibility of Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation still more distant, and the political rhetoric on both sides more uncompromising than ever.

In a web-exclusive article for Prospect this week, Renton recounts his visit, which coincided with a bloody Israeli retaliation for the ongoing launching of Qassam rockets from Gaza City and a controversial announcement from Israeli deputy defence…

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