A normal level of violence

ByJUDITH SUDILOVSKY
July 22, 2014 15:33

Is Israel becoming more extreme, or is it behaving normally for a country under siege?

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Right-wing activists protest in Tel Aviv on July 1.. (photo credit:TOMER NEUBERG/FLASH 90)

Cliché-like as it might sound, tensions were already running high in Israel as the IDF launched a ground operation into Gaza against Hamas to neutralize the threat posed by insidious tunnels Hamas has built along the Israeli-Gaza border.

So much so, that even a request for an interview about the real or perceived increase in violence in Israeli society could cause a theoretically mild-mannered, neutral academic to angrily refuse to be interviewed, becoming verbally antagonistic, harshly accusing the Israeli media and the Left of foolish introspection, and, by putting undue focus on violent protests also aiding the foreign press to present Israel in a negative light while Israeli lives are in danger in a time of war when the country should be united.

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