Goldmann was right. Israel's peace pacts with Egypt and Jordan--and the Oslo Accords, also, arguably--proved his conception was essentially correct.
One wonders what Goldmann, who was born in 1895 and lived long enough (he died in 1982) to see the conflict shift from a nationalistic struggle between the Arabs and Jews of Palestine to a protracted fight between nation states--the "Arab-Israeli Conflict"--and back again to its Palestinian Arab-Zionist origins, would make of today's situation. Would he still regard the conflict as normal?
That the answer to this question is clearly debatable--64 years after Israel's founding--is truly tragic. At some stage, the Palestinian/Arab-Israeli conflict was somehow Islamized to include nuclear-arming, non-Arab Iran, a friend-turned-implacable foe, and NATO-belonging, non-Arab Turkey, a former ally that could also become an enemy. Instead of a conflict between nationalisms and nation states, it has to a frightening degree been transformed into a conflict between the Jewish national home, a country that was created to solve the specific problem of Jewish political homelessness, and a Nazi-like, clerical fascist menace--rightwing political Islam, or Islamism--that transcends national, ethnic and even theological (e.g. Sunni and Shiite) boundaries.
How this happened is a subject for serious study. How to put a stop to it--how to prevent the conflict from being transformed further into a horrific conflagration capable of engulfing an entire region and world powers--is a topic that cries out for discussion and analysis at the highest levels of policymaking and diplomacy.
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