Chapter: 13. Does Israel Deserve to Lose the Sympathy Vote to the Palestinians?
Dan Cohn-Sherbok begins this chapter with a quotation from Uri
Avnery’s “In Praise of Emotion” in which he
argues that peace needs to include an emotional
An Arab villager spoke quietly of his daughter, killed
by a soldier on her way to school. A Jewish mother
spoke of her soldier son, killed in one of the wars.
All in a subdued voice. Without pathos. Some spoke
Hebrew, some Arabic.
They spoke of their first reaction after their loss, the
feelings of, the thirst for revenge. And then the slow
change of heart. The understanding that the parents
on the other side, the Enemy, felt exactly like them,
that their loss, their mourning, their bereavement was
exactly as their own.