5/20/21 Daniel Larison on Israel’s De Facto Annexation of Palestine

5/20/21 Daniel Larison on Israel’s De Facto Annexation of Palestine

Daniel Larison talks Israel-Palestine. He takes on the common straw man argument that Israel “has a right to defend itself” from the belligerence of its neighbors. In the abstract, of course, every sovereign nation should have the right to self-defense; the problem is that this argument doesn’t take any of the history of the conflict into account. The Hamas rocket attacks, Larison explains, have been a response to raids on the al-Aqsa Mosque, which were themselves a reaction to Palestinian protests in solidarity with victims of Israeli settlements. And besides, Israel only pretends that the Palestinians are “their neighbors” when there’s fighting—the rest of the time Palestine is just territory that in fact is being occupied by the Israeli government. We should always be wary of simply condemning one side, especially when one side  is so consistently mischaracterized in the mainstream media.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Gaza Lives Erased: Israel Is Wiping Out Entire Palestinian Families on Purpose” (Haaretz)

Daniel Larison is a contributing editor at Antiwar.com, contributor at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and former senior editor at The American Conservative magazine. Follow him on Twitter @DanielLarison or on his blog, Eunomia.

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About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 5,800 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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