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Peace with the Palestinians? Entirely possible!

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Before I moved to Israel, I had an argument with a friend. He told me he does not believe one person can make a difference. He insisted it is always groups of people, organizations, political parties. I listed: Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, all to no avail. He would not listen. One person, he said, cannot change the world.

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend here on our kibbutz. He’s given up on the idea of peace in Israel. “We’ve already been trying for over 70 years,” he said and walked away. Seventy years? I thought. Is 70 years a long time to try for peace? When Germany and England were at each other’s throats in two world wars, would they have expected to be working together 70 years later, peacefully and happily? How many other countries can we think about who have been enemies for what feels like forever, only to find themselves at peace centuries later? Friends, even.

Another friend here, whose political views are totally polar opposite from mine, tells me not to be naïve. “Why do you think you can make a difference?” he asks.

I feel sad for these friends. But I also feel lucky. Five years ago I was, I thought, trapped in an abusive relationship, with a tiny baby, and I did not know whether we would get out........

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