America is Israel’s greatest ally. But will it solve Israel’s existential problem regarding Iran?
A British leader once quipped that America and England are “two cultures separated by a common language.”
Most Israelis, no matter how well they know English, are often clueless about the nuances of American English.
Israelis, even diplomats who have spent a lot of time in America, often don’t understand what Americans are saying; this lack of understand can endanger Israel.
This “lack of communication” has now become extremely important because Israelis are trying to figure out whether they can depend on America to take care of the Iranian problem, or whether are they on their own.
Israeli Hebrew is direct and blunt. When Israelis disagree, they say things like “You’re wrong,” “You’re crazy,” “What a stupid idea.”
An American, preferring to be polite and inoffensive, would try to co-opt the disagreement, and might say, “What about this? Let’s see how we can make this work,” or “What you say makes perfect sense, but....”
American officials constantly say “We cannot allow Iran to attain nuclear weapons,” and “We have Israel’s back.” What does this mean in American English? Can Israel rely on the US to take care of this existential problem? Working at the Pentagon for 28 years, we constantly came across officials who disagreed with what some of us proposed. Our adept bureaucratic colleagues often strongly opposed our ideas, but never said so directly.
Although English is America’s common tongue, immigrants’ efforts to learn it present challenges to institutions and individuals alike. These graphics compare regions, schools, and communities where newcomers have settled to learn and integrate.
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People can be digitally connected with anyone around the world these days, without any limitations by distance or culture. Yet, by analyzing peoples social networks, it is clear that geographic factors are still a crucial factor in mediating our scoial interactions. The internet can, but doesn't fully conquer space.
CAIRO (AP) — A movie attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad sparked assaults on U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday. A Libyan security official reported an American was shot to death as protesters burned the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and in Cairo, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy walls and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.
President Obama participated in this year's National Geographic Bee to to "celebrate the important role that geography plays in all our lives." During that event he made a statement that I think geographers should use more. Go to 0:45-1:10 in the video clip to hear this message or see the transcript below.
"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together."
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