For the past week or so there has been an alarming escalation of tension and violence between Israelis and Palestinians, in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and even in Tel Aviv. Israeli citizens have faced a wave or terror attacks and “lone wolf” stabbings, while Arab citizens of Israel and Palestinian residents of the West Bank have been besieged by mobs of Jewish extremists out for “revenge”. While peace may seem further away than ever, we must not give up. We cannot give in to those who use hateful rhetoric to fan the flames of violence. And we must tell the US government not to give up on being a broker for peace. As former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (may he rest in peace) often said, “We must pursue peace as if there were no terrorism, and fight terrorism as if there were no peace process.”
I am working on getting a speaker to come to our congregation to discuss and define the issues around the peace process in Israel. Please stay tuned. In the meantime, we hope and pray that this most recent spate of violence will end.