Time for Mutual Recognition
Israelis and Palestinians have been at each other's throats for the better part of a century. For Jews, Israel is their eternal homeland. It's the place they returned to after so many years of exile. For the Palestinians, it's the place they lived and were expelled from by the returning Jews. The problem is that Israelis reject the Palestinian love and longing for their home, and Palestinians reject the Jewish connection to the same land. This essay explores how mutual recognition is the only path for peace.
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Across the pond here in the U.S., many see the recent unrest, violence, terror, death and destruction in Israel and Palestine as another typical round in the cycle of he-said-she-said that has plagued the two peoples for nearly a century.
For most Israelis and Jews worldwide, it’s the violence and terror Israelis face. The rain of rockets from terror groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It’s about the Jews’ right to live on their original indigenous land they were kicked out of so many times and could finally return to. To prevent another Holocaust from ever happening. It’s about their right to live in peace and security, free of violence.
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