The Gaza Problem

Alessio Romenzi for TIME

Gaza is mostly sand, but things grow there, just as they do in Israel, the land the enclave's residents remember as their own. Back in 1956, Israeli military hero General Moshe Dayan urged his countrymen to keep that history in mind at the funeral of a young kibbutz commander killed by Arabs who had sneaked out of the coastal strip, already brimming with people and hard feelings. "For eight years now," said Dayan, "they have sat in the refugee camps of Gaza and have watched how, before their very eyes, we have turned their lands and villages, where they and their...

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