Sura Jeselsohn
Author of "A Habit of Seeing: Journeys in Natural Science""

Why facts don’t matter anymore

The downside of higher education is that it gives you the confidence to maintain baseless fantasies in defiance of common sense.”

Derek Bickerton, Author of Bastard Tongues: A Trail-Blazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World’s Lowliest Languages

It is no secret that the Progressive and liberal storyline about Israel is negative. As we know if you repeat a lie often enough, people believe it simply through repetition. It is pretty much the same way that political candidates build familiarity with voters even if voters really continue to know little about them.

And in the case of Israel, to be liberal and Progressive automatically means that you must accept this narrative although I am aware that there are a few exceptions.

Supporters of Israel continue to read the New York Times, despite its historical negative stance of Israel, simply because of the range of material that can be found nowhere else. That being said, I sincerely hope that most of their other narratives are completely factually true since I know that the narrative about Israel is false.

For a long time, the Times simply twisted articles and left out significant facts as they wrote about Israel. About a year ago, they basically stopped printing Letters to the Editor objecting to the slant of the stories and the distortion of facts and listing corrections. The latest version is to print actual falsehoods.

For fifty-four years since the Six Day War, the liberal narrative is that Israel is both a colonialist enterprise and an apartheid regime. The corollary to this is that the only way to achieve peace in the Middle East — and even worldwide — is the two-state solution making the Palestinians the doorway to nirvana. My husband and I used to joke how during every Presidential campaign, the candidates would make the promise to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem and during each administration, it would not happen. We used to wonder how often anyone could continue to believe these promises.

Trump, whatever else you can say about him, did move the embassy. I, presumably like many other, waited for the expected rioting, flag-burning and violent demonstrations that we had been promised for so long should such a dastardly event occurred.

Do you remember what happened? Nothing happened!

However, that apparently disappointed the Times who ran in their article about Sheldon Adelson of this week, the following:

“…..  to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv — a move that incensed Palestinians and led to unrest across the Middle East after it was announced.

About the Author
Sura Jeselsohn has a background in science and is an avid gardener and quilter. Her weekly column, Green Scene, is published in the Riverdale Press. She has published a book, "A Habit of Seeing: Journeys in Natural Science" , available in paperback and Kindle at
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