A Textbook Debate Riddled With Tired Cliches

Israel’s kneejerk and formulaic reaction to the Israeli and Palestinian school textbooks study is a poor and unconvincing substitute for real soul-searching about the lack of progress towards a peace agreement.

That Palestinian school books teach their children to hate Israeli Jews is a cliché as legendarily interminable as the conflict itself. It’s part of a canon that includes the smug regurgitation of the paucity of Arab Nobel prize-winners and the bemoaning of the lack of a Palestinian Peace Now.