The Disease of Narrative Thinking

(Ynet News) Ben-Dror Yemini - Instead of serious research aimed at finding the truth, the world now sees reality through different stories, with each community, group, people, and country having its own narrative. When Israel was born in 1948, the Arab leadership of that period made it unequivocally clear: Not only are we not interested in compromise and in a division of lands, we plan on conducting a massacre. There was no guarantee that the Jews would win. Initially, the Arab invasion was successful. The threat was very real. There were quite a few failures. The Old City of Jerusalem remained in Arab control. Secretary-General of the Arab League Abdul Rahman Azzam said at the time, "This will be a war of destruction and a great massacre." Prime Minister of Iraq Nuri al-Said claimed, "We will crush the state with our guns and destroy any place in which the Jews seek shelter." The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Hassan al-Banna stated, "If the Jewish state becomes a fact, the Arab peoples will throw the Jews living amongst them into the sea." The Holocaust was just three years prior. The Jews were a refugee people, not colonialists.

2016-10-13 00:00:00

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