…out on the quads, some students witness the heated debates and protests over the situation between Israel and its neighbors. Many of us believe that the main task is to win those debates. The reality is that in today’s “Age of Information” there are no winners in lingering debates, only losers. Vast research shows that the very nature of confrontation is a turnoff to many students, the majority of whom are not emotionally invested in these issues. Every encounter with an uninterested/uninformed student or staffer on campus should be viewed as an opportunity. Imagine you are on a first date: you talk about your personal baggage, reciting historical facts and explaining legal arguments, and chances are you likely will not land a second date.
Ido Aharoni, “Widen The Israel Discussion On Campus”, The Jewish Week (20 February 2015), 23.