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May 17, 2018

Gaza: There is a better way - May 17, 2018 | Editor's Picks | The Economist.

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Our cover this week looks at the death of some 60 Palestinian protesters. It is surely right to hold Israel to account for the bloodshed and misery in Gaza, but the Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, are also to blame. Seven decades after the creation of Israel as a thriving democracy there is a better way of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than endless fighting
Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief
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