The headlines this week reeked of déjà vu, reminiscent of previous confrontations and intifadas, as conditions on the ground in Gaza are becoming more and more similar to those that preceded the 2014 war.19:05 05.02.16 | 4 comments
"I believe one of the ways to develop historical thought is to confront the student with conflicting points of view." (Historian Tsafrir Goldberg - see above) This is an established fact also for non-historical thought. The tendency to quash points of view is an extension of the instinct to club opposition rather than reason with it. It explains the slide in Israeli school achievement documented in reports such as Pisa. From near the top to two from the bottom in three decades. "It is not extreme," he added,"in my view, to know that someone thinks differently than you do." (Tsafrir Goldberg again) Not in the enlightened world, no. But here in Israel, it is said to harm security and those decades referred to above have polished off any murmurings that survived the continued, increasingly institutionalized, suppression of conflicting points of view.