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Peace Has A Price: Brave Bahrainis Visit Israel

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“Best or worst, come what may”, so told me J, who’s probably one of the bravest people I met (along with his sister K), when we said our goodbyes and after I wished “may we meet again in the best of circumstances”. “Best or worst” he said, “come what may”.

When reality is hard to take, spoiled me often tries to narrow my perspective down to the ideal scenario. “The best of circumstances” I said. How foolishly wishful.

J and his sister K are very unlikely to encounter the ideal scenario when they return to their home in Bahrain, after taking part in the first official delegation to visit Israel. Far from it actually, and I pray to God that even if it isn’t the best, please don’t let it be the worst.

“Remember to move your car from your usual parking spot when we return home sis”, J casually told his sister when we spoke of the threats that are waiting for them when they return. “Don’t worry brother, it’ll be ok” she answers also casually, with a smile, and I know that as ecstatic as I am that we meet here in Israel, the price of peace is high, and between them and I, they are paying a much higher rate.

A historical Bahraini delegation visited Israel in the past week. Like most things in life, beyond the painted front, things are complicated. Like Oscar Wild said – “The truth is rarely pure, and never simple”. Many more words I will write about this delegation........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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