|the separation barrier|
|the land of the west bank|
|the group at a viewpoint|
|meeting with Arab residents of Susiya|
Surprisingly, he is equally adamant that we not blame the settlers. Of all the players in this game--soldiers, Arabs, settlers, Israeli society--they are the only ones who are honest, brutally honest, about their motivations and aims, he says.
I've tried to keep my own opinions out of these posts and tried to report only what I was told. My own opinion on the situation? No group is completely wrong, completely evil. Yet each side vilifies the other. Since I've been in Israel, I've been inwardly shocked at the casual racism I've heard coming from educated Jews directed toward Arabs and Muslims. I can only imagine the rhetoric that extremists on both sides are teaching their children. To me, sometimes it seems like neither side truly wants peace, only to win, whatever that means, at any cost. Like I said... so sad.