The president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, said in late October that Israel is a "sick society," the Alternet website reports today (November 3, 2014).
The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment Rivlin said at a conference at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities on October 26. Rivlin added it appears that Jews and Arabs have abandoned the secret of dialogue.
With regard to Jews he said: "I'm not asking if they've forgotten how to be Jews, but if they've forgotten how to be decent human beings. Have they forgotten how to converse?"
In Rivlin's eyes, the academy has a vital task to reduce violence in Israeli society by encouraging dialogue and the study of different cultures and languages with the aim of promoting mutual understanding, so that there can be civilized meetings between the sectors of society.