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Spare Me the Claptrap, the Tongue-Lashings

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Dear Readers,

I am hoping to tap you again to help me think through a thorny issue.

The depth some of you demonstrated in responding to my previous blog, in which I wrote about the college-aged son of a friend who reportedly refused to see me during a recent visit to the US, because he’s pro-Palestinian, and I’m Jew who now lives in Israel, gave me wholesome food for thought.

Mind you, I am not referring to those who ignored the story’s complexities and slung conservative claptrap, or served up liberal tongue-lashings. I mean people who called me on details that deserved rethinking, who engaged me, without ad hominem attacks, and challenged me like responsible editors.

This time around, turning my back on the left, I pivot 180 degrees to talk about a conservative elder close to me.

More than a year ago, for the sake of our relationship, I implored this person to refrain from challenging me on social media. Long before Twitter was born, we had a history of sparring over politics........

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