Pressing the Right buttons

The use of national and religious symbols like the Temple Mount and the demographic threat of the right of return is no accident. Hot slogans about sticking to the rock of our existence, are more pleasing to the ear than an admission that, as you read this, dozens of illegal outposts are going through hastily arranged purification proceedings in Shaul Mofaz’s mikveh. The issue of sovereignty over the Holy of Holies has even penetrated Yosef Lapid’s secular skin. The burning debate – whether the Geneva Accord leaves an opening to the claim of a right to return – enables the Shinui platoon to distract its voters’ attention from the legitimization it is giving to radical religious nationalism.

Akiva Eldar in Ha’aretz on the Geneva Accord.

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