Amid all the disagreements, however, one thing is certain. Progress can only be made through talking. If a work of art encourages that kind of debate, it is part of the solution, not part of the problem. The Admission offers no easy answers. But no one should try to stop it from asking the hard questions.
UNESCO has long had on its schedule an exhibit titled "People, Book, Land: The 3,500-Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land." The content of the exhibit had been approved by archaeological experts and met all pertinent scientific criteria. But less than a week from its opening, the exhibit was suddenly put on hold.
A rabbi once said that the secular Zionists stole the love of Israel away from Haredi Jews. What he meant by this was that Haredim, who ought to have a deep and natural connection to the Holy Land, now feel a little uncomfortable with and alienated from those feelings. This is sad. But it is changing.