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Global Talk: What Israel’s new hardline ministers will mean for Palestinians - Ep 23

Palestinian girls hold red cards in front of an Israeli soldier during a rally in support of a Palestinian move to have Israel suspended from Fifa, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah on May 29, 2015. Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

What kind of effect will Israel’s new hardline ministers have on the Palestinians? The National’s Joseph Dana says more international attention will be focused on their plight.

We can’t read into the future, but we are already seeing what I would determine as a positive effect so far as the parameters of the debate about Israel and Palestine are changing. The Fifa vote was very historic, so far as the idea of suspending Israel from international sporting federations. Boycotting Israel on the international stage is becoming more and more palatable. Now, the Israelis would say that their financial institutions are very safe from this sort of thing. And that’s true. But it’s like a dam. All you need to do is pull out one of those pieces holding the water back and then it’s going to flood down.

Updated: May 31, 2015 04:00 AM

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