Yossi Verter, haaretz.com
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The deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, launched a new campaign designed to explain to the world that “the return of the Jews to Judea and Samaria” has enhanced the Palestinians’ economic wellbeing. ...
As for Hotovely, she thinks that Israel’s flimsy and under-budgeted public diplomacy effort, which falters even in far simpler missions, will succeed in changing the view of the international community about the territories that Israel captured in 1967. To paraphrase the slogan from Orwell’s “1984” – “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.” She wants to convince the world that the legal situation in the territories does not constitute “occupation,” and that Israel’s presence in the West Bank is legitimate and moral, on both historical and biblical grounds, and because it conquered the areas in a defensive war. ...