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May 16, 2012

Presspectiva Letter in Ha'aretz on Teaching Peace

Uri Misgav didn't question whether the idea of genuine peace existed on the Arab side

Yishai Goldflam, editor-in-chief of Presspectiva, CAMERA's Hebrew site, has a letter-to-the-editor today in Ha'aretz in which he takes Uri Misgav to task "for ignoring a crucial factor" in his column lamenting that Israel has "officially taken peace off its agenda." Goldflam writes:

. . . Misgav is nostalgic for the days when we sang "Noladeti Lashalom" (I was born for peace ) and drew pictures of doves and olive branches. . . .

The point is that Misgav, for all his self-flagellation and bitterness, ignores a crucial factor for completing the equation - the party with which we would like to live in peace. While here, generations of children grew up on poems and songs that express a yearning for peace, what did our neighbors' children learn? How many peace songs have been written by Arab poets? How many Arab kindergarten teachers taught their pupils how to draw a dove?

During the early days of the Oslo Accords, the Israeli school system took steps to psychologically prepare Israeli children for the approaching peace. The Palestinian school system, on the other hand, continued to brainwash its children with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic propaganda, as it continues to do to this day. . .

Posted by TS at May 16, 2012 06:17 AM


For the so-called "Peace Camp", it seems, Israel's guiding principles must not be defined by the actions of its neighbors, and therefore, it somehow follows, Israel's actions must not be guided by the actions of its neighbors. Therefore, the actions of Israel's neighbors are irrelevant.

Posted by: Ben at May 16, 2012 10:48 AM

I was a child during those oslo times.
The local schools indeed made sure that we accept and BELIEVE, that one day the arabs will be willing for peace, and that as part of that peace an arab state will be formed on some lands that we occupied (and kept only as bargain chips).
I still can't believe otherwise.

The israeli left seems to forget this, and blames us with unjustified hate.

Thank you, CAMERA, for reminding this big difference between israeli leadership and
arab leadership since before Israel came to be.

BTW: That same school didn't teach me english, television and music did. Some things are still hard for them to do properly ;)

Posted by: ofer at May 16, 2012 11:13 AM

Haaretz believes child murderers like Fatah are murderers.
The world has gone mad supporting Islamo Nazis like the Terrortinians.
Palestinian boy with suicide suitcase targeted orphanage
World Tribune | 3/27/03 |

Posted by: Barry Rosen at May 19, 2012 10:13 AM

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