- Everything appears to match.
- A small nation – check.
- We experienced oppression by a powerful neighbour – check.
- We’ve had colonial rule – check.
- We’ve suffered dispossession – check.
- We had to use violence to win independence – check.
- We forced oppressors to accept there’s ‘no military solution’ – check.
- We’re good at mobilizing international support – check.
- We had to reluctantly accept partition, so can understand why some Palestinians don’t like a two state solution – check.
- And if a Palestinian state is made nonviable by the Fatah-Hamas power struggle, well, we had to have a civil war too before it all settled down – check.
Irish people are slowly awakening to the inappropriateness of this model. If Israel is powerful now, it’s only because, starting from small and weak beginnings, it has had to fight tooth and nail to survive attacks from multiple directions aimed at its extinction. Playing up the rights of one nation at the expense of another will never bring peace between them.
But Irish foreign affairs officials and ministers still seem intoxicated with the mistaken notion that Ireland possesses a unique ‘key’ that can bring a new state into existence.
Who wouldn’t want to down in history as the one who wields that key?