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  • in reply to: The Naud√© Hypothesis: A tool for Semantic Listening #4810
    Yoel Nitzarim

    Presently, I am living in a society in Israel which is surrounded by the language of hate and autocratic authorities as one influence upon its citizenry and at the same time is divided by the language of understanding, respect, decorum, tradition, and democratic authorities in its own sphere of influence. The situation for an outsider like myself is extremely complex to perceive and virtually impossible for outsiders from other countries, such as the European Union to fathom under any or all circumstances. To simplify the relationships between internal messages between Israelis; internal messages between Israelis and their enemies, e.g., Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and potentially Turkey; and external messages between any of the aforementioned messages and external sources, e.g., the EU, Russia, China, the US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, and Africa seems to me superfluous activity and most probably cognitive dissonance in substance. Generalizing about the role of language in such a volatile area as the Middle East where sects, religious enclaves, the Qu’ran, the Hadith, and, especially clans play a vital role in understanding the Arab mentality and democratic principles, the Torah and the Talmud affect the internal and external policies of the Israeli people seems an exercise in futility: hence the reason why peace is so difficult to achieve.

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