The fourth Israeli Presidential Conference hosted some 4,000 participants, including numerous global VIPs, such as Eric Schmidt, Henry Kissinger, Dennis Ross and the honorable President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic. Undoubtedly, one of the stars at the conference was the renowned psychosexual therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. I have tried very hard to figure out the connection between the conference’s focus, “Facing Tomorrow,” and Dr. Ruth’s panel, “The future of Sex.” I think I got it. Dr. Ruth’s premise is that, “we have more and more knowledge about sex accumulating in our information data banks, but if that information doesn't filter down to the general population, or if the messages get lost in the flood of bad information, it does not do any good.”
To understand the connection, simply substitute “sex” with “Israel”:
“We have more and more knowledge about Israel accumulating in our information data banks, but if that information doesn't filter down to the general population, or if the messages get lost in the flood of bad information, it does not do any good.”
I think a question worth asking is, how do we – supporters of Israel – best communicate the abundance of knowledge about Israel’s past, present and future to the general public? How do we relate our love for Israel genuinely and effectively? Is it through applying sound bites or telling personal stories, or though targeting our audience and relating the parts of Israel that speak to them most. These are some of the questions that we at The David Project have been exploring over the last couple of years.
Incidentally, I think it would be interesting to hear what Dr. Ruth would have to say about Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians. Perhaps we could further apply her premise and draw an analogy: “Most of the questions people have about sex have not changed much over the last 30 years. Men are still worried about the size of their penis and too many women still don't know the basics of achieving sexual satisfaction.”
Of course we’d need to accommodate for the numerical inaccuracy, figure out the identity of Israel and the Palestinians in the above statement, and dig up some appropriate words for substitution. But once these minor details are taken care of, think about the potential for (multiple) peak experiences, as well as endless satisfaction that lies ahead in Israel’s future.