A recent video explaining the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is being called “the most important video about Israel ever made,” despite some dispute regarding its accuracy.
The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been going on for decades, although it has become more intense in recent weeks. The history between the two countries is extensive and sometimes difficult to explain, but this pro-Israel video seeks to explain it with a simple theory – “one side wants the other side dead.”
“The Middle East conflict is framed as one of the most complex problems in the world,” says conservative radio host Dennis Prager in the video. “But, in reality, it’s very simple. It may be the hardest to solve, but it is the easiest to explain. In a nutshell, it’s this: one side wants the other side dead.”
Prager goes on to say that the Palestinians as well as most Arabs “do not recognize the right of the Jewish state of Israel to exist.”
“If tomorrow, Israel laid down its arms and announced, ‘We will fight no more,’ what would happen?” Prager asks. “And if the Arab countries around Israel laid down their arms and announced, ‘We will fight no more,’ what would happen? In the first case, there would be an immediate destruction of the state of Israel and mass murder of its Jewish population. In the second case, there would be peace the next day.”
While Prager’s attempt at a simple explanation has been highly regarded by many since the video was published online, Israeli news publication Haaretz says that it’s not that simple.
“One 5-minute video that has been circulating on Facebook purports to explain the overall Arab-Israeli conflict simply and concretely,” writes Mira Sucharov in the op-ed piece. “Those who’ve posted it praise its concrete and ‘unemotional’ tone. It is indeed simple and unsensational. The problem is, the explanation put forth is anything but supported by the evidence. It is easy to say that the other’s acts of protest — sometimes violent, other times in the form of boycott and divestment or general civil disobedience — stem from hatred. It is much harder to sit and listen to the fears of the other and to examine one’s own actions to see how they shape those perceptions.”
Take a look at the video below. Do you think the conflict is as simple as Prager claims?