Blogs: Paul Pillar

Syria and Donald Trump's Impulses

Gaza: The Open-Air Prison Seethes

Paul Pillar

The events along the Gaza border underscore how, no matter how hard Israel may try to wall off the Gaza Strip not only from its own territory but from our consciousness and from the universe of live and festering political issues, it cannot succeed.  1.8 million desperate and miserable people cannot be walled out of existence.  The desperation came through in some of the anecdotal reporting, such as of other young men who said they would rather die while protesting than to continue living in hopelessness.  Some of them indeed voiced displeasure with Hamas, but the tens of thousands were aiming their protest at Israel, not Hamas.  Ultimately this is not a Hamas problem.  If Hamas were to vanish tomorrow then probably a more radical group would pick up the banner of resistance.

The 1.8 million are not just a term in an equation.  They are human beings who feel pain and have aspirations.  They cannot be wished away. 

Image: A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot to hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza City December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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Personal Information, Government, and the Not-So-Private Sector

Paul Pillar

The events along the Gaza border underscore how, no matter how hard Israel may try to wall off the Gaza Strip not only from its own territory but from our consciousness and from the universe of live and festering political issues, it cannot succeed.  1.8 million desperate and miserable people cannot be walled out of existence.  The desperation came through in some of the anecdotal reporting, such as of other young men who said they would rather die while protesting than to continue living in hopelessness.  Some of them indeed voiced displeasure with Hamas, but the tens of thousands were aiming their protest at Israel, not Hamas.  Ultimately this is not a Hamas problem.  If Hamas were to vanish tomorrow then probably a more radical group would pick up the banner of resistance.

The 1.8 million are not just a term in an equation.  They are human beings who feel pain and have aspirations.  They cannot be wished away. 

Image: A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot to hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza City December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Listen to the Voices of Experience

Paul Pillar

The events along the Gaza border underscore how, no matter how hard Israel may try to wall off the Gaza Strip not only from its own territory but from our consciousness and from the universe of live and festering political issues, it cannot succeed.  1.8 million desperate and miserable people cannot be walled out of existence.  The desperation came through in some of the anecdotal reporting, such as of other young men who said they would rather die while protesting than to continue living in hopelessness.  Some of them indeed voiced displeasure with Hamas, but the tens of thousands were aiming their protest at Israel, not Hamas.  Ultimately this is not a Hamas problem.  If Hamas were to vanish tomorrow then probably a more radical group would pick up the banner of resistance.

The 1.8 million are not just a term in an equation.  They are human beings who feel pain and have aspirations.  They cannot be wished away. 

Image: A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot to hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza City December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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How John Bolton Handles Diverse Viewpoints and Expert Analysis

Paul Pillar

The events along the Gaza border underscore how, no matter how hard Israel may try to wall off the Gaza Strip not only from its own territory but from our consciousness and from the universe of live and festering political issues, it cannot succeed.  1.8 million desperate and miserable people cannot be walled out of existence.  The desperation came through in some of the anecdotal reporting, such as of other young men who said they would rather die while protesting than to continue living in hopelessness.  Some of them indeed voiced displeasure with Hamas, but the tens of thousands were aiming their protest at Israel, not Hamas.  Ultimately this is not a Hamas problem.  If Hamas were to vanish tomorrow then probably a more radical group would pick up the banner of resistance.

The 1.8 million are not just a term in an equation.  They are human beings who feel pain and have aspirations.  They cannot be wished away. 

Image: A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot to hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza City December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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