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Israel and Kosovo Should Rise Together

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It is a small country, in a brutal region, whose people have faced the prospects of annihilation because of their culture and religion. While these descriptions also ring true for Israel, I am talking about Kosovo.

I first visited Kosovo in 2013 for an international interfaith conference. The country was then only five years old, and it felt somehow like I was stepping back in time to a nascent Israel. Many of Kosovo’s leaders had fought for their lives and carried with them both grim determination and hope: They must build the economy. They must establish diplomatic relationships. They must improve the education system. If they did, their people could finally thrive. If they did not, the darkest of days could return.

This sense of kinship proved to be more than just my own projection. I was met at my hotel by the entire staff, who had all lined up to greet the first rabbi they had ever known.

Later, as I walked around the city of Peja,........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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