Recently, in a piece for our Web site called “How Stories Deceive,” the science writer Maria Konnikova explained that con men take advantage of a psychological fact: when we’re caught up in a narrative, we become less skeptical. If anything, we want to believe. Afterward, we look back with astonishment at how easily we became characters in a made-up drama.
What narrative of negativity has 'caught' too many "want to believers" in a made-up drama?
Well, the list is very long but here's my Top Ten, in no preferred order of importance:
- that "apartheid" exists in Israel/Judea & Samaria.
- that Jews have no rights to Judea & Samaria.
- that Arabs are not occupiers of the Jewish national historic homeland.
- that under international law Israel is occupying the West Bank illegally.
- that the two-state solution is the sole diplomatic option.
- that Israel's democracy is turning fascist.
- that the New York Times is a fair and balanced newspaper vis a vis Israel.
- that only the so-called "illegal Jewish settlements" constructed on "occupied Palestinian lands" are what drive Arab animosity.
- that chanting “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” doesn't mean the complete eradication of the state of Israel.
- that you can be an anti-Zionist and not anti-Jewish.