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I Didn't Defend Israel Well

Dear Cyber-Rav,

I went to my summer cottage and had a conversation about Israel with a relative of mine, and I was terribly upset by the conversation. Her argument was that the Palestinians are oppressed. The Israeli government had no business settling in the West Bank. The Jewish people are the total aggressors. I argued in defense of Israel, however, I don't think I won the debate and changed her mind. Her attitude bothered me, and the fact that I didn't change her feelings bothered me. I hope I at least made her think, but I am not too sure. How would you answer her?

Dejected Over a Debate

The Cyber Rav Answers:

This, by you, is a summer vacation? Look - I always lose debates. In fact, I hate debates. The people who "win" debates generally win not because they are in the right, but they win because they are good debaters. Nevertheless, were I in your situation, I might have used the following arguments.

These are just a few points I would have used. My unsolicited advice: take another two weeks off, and leave the relatives behind.

The CyberRav

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