As Israel remembers its victories over Arab armies 40 years ago this month in the Six-Day War, peace is fragile and at times doesn't seem to exist in the region. And recent fighting between Hamas and Fatah, in Israel's Gaza Strip — land Israel gained in the war — has reportedly put a dent in some hopes that Palestinians and Israelis can ever live side-by-side, given Hamas' call for the destruction of Israel. What are your thoughts on the prospects for peace in this region? And why has peace been so elusive at times, even after the victories of 1967?
The Israeli-Arab conflict is a complex situation shaped by many factors.
But if I had to name the most critical elements fueling the continuous struggle, I would point to the hateful indoctrination of children and the lack of constructive national leadership.
A telling indicator of one people's attitude toward another is what they teach their children. Sadly, many Arab children in today's Middle East are raised with some degree of hostility toward Israel, and are taught to adopt a dehumanized view of Jews. School books in Arab countries are rife with anti-Semitic cartoons; maps in the classrooms do not include Israel; history lessons distort facts to drive home a one-sided message.