This is not a regular conflict, and one cannot measure it just by the number of victims. Still, as we write this article, only a few hours from the start of the incidents on the border that confines the Gaza Strip, there are already 15 dead and hundreds injured [editor’s note: 16 have been confirmed dead].
Already in recent weeks, the tension was palpable and ever growing: the various demonstrations planned were given one common name, “the March of Return,” which shook Israel to the core, meaning as it does the return of the Palestinian refugees.
It stands for the return of those who were chased away from their homes or decided to flee in 1948. The 1967 war changed the territorial reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the territorial issue at that point presented—and maybe it still does—the opportunity to reach a historic agreement between the two peoples, and between two movements that have both grown since the end of the 19th century.