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Talking Points versus Understanding Most people do not pay attention to politics and history until they intrude rudely on their every day lives When a dramatic event occurs a few will rush off to find sources of information that will explain in capsule summaries what has happened Media and Web sites provide many glib and conflicting opinions designed to boost circulation and present a viewpoint not to inform The opinion makers are polarized according their political bias and rarely change their ideas because of facts They assemble facts to suit opinions Depending on whom you read the latest disaster is the fault of the Jews the Moslems the infidels the Arabs or the United States The latest crisis whatever it is has inevitably proven both that the anti-Zionist Noam Chomsky and the pro-Zionist Thomas Friedman were absolutely right in their analyses The Gush-Shalom movement the Yesha Council United Rabbis for Greater Israel Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine all knew and warned of the impending disaster and all of their contradictory analyses and solutions could have averted it if adopted in time Likewise the Zionist Organization of America and the Arab League can explain to you exactly how they predicted what would happen and how it came about because nobody listened to them If you do not believe it read what they write You may get reinforcement for your ideas from such summaries You may get talking points that will allow you to become part of the great parade of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations that substitute for thinking and dialog in our region In this way you can impress your friends and dialog partners with pseudo-facts or one line quotes from Gandhi or Herzl or Haj Amin El Husseini or Osama Bin Laden and win arguments The Jews became a nation in 1312 BC - there is no such thing as a Palestinian People or Jabotinsky said that we have
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