Does the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Still Matter?

A friend of mine recently lamented that the Western media was downplaying the brutal string of Palestinian stabbings that has claimed 25 Israeli lives since September.

I nodded in assent, but couldn’t help recalling the closing scene of the film Casablanca. With religious and ethno-sectarian violence rampant in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and across the Arab world claiming several tens of thousands of lives every year, fuelling an unprecedented wave of global Sunni Islamist terror, Israeli-Palestinian troubles “just don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”

  • Exile1981

    Maybe when people that there is no difference between the palis and isis they will allow Israel to do what needs to be done to solve the problem.

    • Islam is the problem, the Pallie stuff is just deflection.

      • Blacksmith


  • Jay Currie

    “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”

    At this point Israel can pretty much do what it wants with the Palis. As the can the Egyptians. (I love the border fish farms… tunnel that ye buggers.) Hamas is in a world of pain. I say kick ’em while they’ re down.

    • May as well, no one cares.

      • zee

        Unfortunately I think if Israel does, the world will suddenly pretend to care again.

        • Justin St.Denis

          You can fucking count on that!

          • Etobicoke_Gladiator

            Yeah, and it reminds me of the often repeated joke: When Israeli astronauts land on the moon, Muslims will become interested in outer space!!!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Suicide bombings used to claim as many Israeli lives in one blast as four months of stabbings, but that hasn’t diminished the Israeli crackdown in response. Otherwise, the Fourth Reich — er, the EU — is more obsessed with this conflict that other Arab countries, which is why Israel is pivoting its diplomatic and trade initiatives away from Europe and toward East Asia.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Porquestainians were only useful to the west to the extent they could kill Jews and foment Jew hatred. But now that that’s a continental phenomenon and Jews are being targeted everywhere even by the very governments they live under, the Porquestainians aren’t needed. Now they’re just whiners who’ve forgotten what their role was. No one gives fuck about them. Never did.