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The tough struggle for peace

25. September 2011

Masada, the reclusive fortified palace straddling a desert mountain and overlooking the Dead Sea, is a central part of the Israeli narrative of Jewish History. The story of the thousand zealots who preferred to kill themselves than be taken captive by the Romans connects in the narrative to the Warsaw Ghetto Rebellion and the 1948 “War of Independence”.

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood at the UN General Assembly, and spoke of himself as “a single candle in a hall of darkness”, he was tapping to the same narrative, and portraying himself as the new Jewish hero. Reports & videos about the Middle East conflict and the Palestine Statehood bid.

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