Israelis on Peace Talks: Yawn

Culture has become cynical, apolitical
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2010 1:29 PM CDT
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(Newser) – When the latest round of Mideast peace talks was announced, Roger Cohen of the New York Times watched the people of Tel Aviv shrug, yawn, and change the channel. “Peace talks! The sequel! It’s like Rocky! And I’m supposed to pay attention?” quipped one food writer. Israeli life has become so modern and comfortable that no one cares about Palestine anymore, Cohen reports. “This used to be a very, very political society, and it no longer is,” says one Israeli historian. “People don’t trust politics, they don’t really believe in peace.”

Who can blame them? On the very day Benjamin Netanyahu announced new peace talks, his foreign minister said peace was not achievable in the next generation. What kind of government does that? “A cynical government that would prefer to avoid dramatic decisions, leading a society that has no illusions,” writes Cohen. Then again, maybe this blasé indifference will help leaders have a debate less fueled by passion. “If everyone is sick of the peace industry, perhaps it can actually put itself out of business.” For more on the peace process, click here.

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