It is historically inaccurate to claim that it is the "occupation" that breeds the violence.

Published in the Wall Street Journal – Opinion

 Israel and the Occupation Myth


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The hatred and violence that killed five members of the Fogel family existed before the Jewish state did.
Progroms and massacres of Jews happened, not only before the "occupation" of Judea and Samaria, but even decades before the state of Israel was reestablished.
It’s safe to say that the violence and terror visited upon Israelis has little connection to "occupation" or settlements. This myth has no historical foundation, but is easy to proclaim for those who have little understanding of the conflict.

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