Eva Illouz is a distinguished and internationally-honored Israeli sociologist who teaches at Hebrew University. In this morning's Haaretz she has a long analysis comparing Israel's treatment of the Palestinians with 19th century slavery in America: "47 Years a Slave: A New Perspective on the Occupation." It is must reading; here is the link: http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/.premium-1.572880
If you're like me, initially you will be startled by the comparison and skeptical that it will hold up. But not by the time you've finished it.
It is a brilliant and compelling argument, and it may leave you with mixed feelings. On the one hand, you will wonder whether Israel has simply become beyond redemption. On the other, you will be reminded that Israel still has wonderfully brilliant, moral, and exceptionally courageous internal critics--so maybe there is still some hope that it is not, after all, beyond redemption.