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Not surprised at #IsraelElections results. The Israeli left died in 2000, when Ehud Barak offered Palestinians their own state and they responded with the 2nd Intifada and another generation of bloodshed. That's when I walked away from covering the Mideast for almost 20 years.
I was among the Oslo hopefuls, who thought peace in our time was upon us. I was managing editor @JTAnews in 2000, so had a front-row seat, directing coverage during Camp David, when Arafat chose violence rather than a state. Afterward, my solution was to stop caring for decades.
Many factors contributed to breakdown of talks in 2000. Some blame Ariel Sharon, and his visit to the Temple Mount, as the cause. But that was just the final result of a long-simmering unwillingness by many sides, but especially Palestinian leaders, to make sacrifices for peace.
I walked away in disappointment and disgust, adjusted my journalism career to write about science, business, and technology—as far away from Jewish and Mideast issues as possible. Then came 2016, the Trump campaign, and the new rise in anti-Semitism. That's when I jumped back in.
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