These discussions took quite an emotional toll on me and I immediately realized exactly what Jon Stewart and his team had satirized only the day before:
Now I've read a couple great articles today (here's one) that shed more light on the complexities of this situation, with all its contemporary technological, religious, geopolitical, and moral nuance. Still, I just can't be convinced that this conflict is actually more complicated than it seems (to me, at least).
You don't fight fire with fire. You fight fire with water. Similarly, you don't snuff out violence with more violence. You combat violence with peace, love, and prayer for your enemies.
All I'm saying is: give peace a chance. We should call for an end to the violence and bloodshed, whether it's perpetrated by Israel or Hamas. Because ultimately it doesn't matter which side you choose.
Yes, I call for an end to the violence, for peace and reconciliation between the Israelis and the Palestinians, between Jews and Muslims, between the warring peoples of the world. And, yes, I know that many (perhaps most) will call me naïve, an idealist or "dreamer" (to use John Lennon's pejorative).
But I know I'm not the only one.
If your heart also breaks for both the death and suffering of Palestinians and for the unrest and instability of Israelis, then let's continue our monumental task of making peace in the face of such great hatred and violence. Do not feel pressured into choosing either Israel or Palestine at all (whichever of the two evils you may deem as lesser). Rather, challenge with me these paradigms of retributive "justice", terrorism, and violence; choose the side of peace and reconciliation; and continue to pray with me, for the shalom and salaam of that ever haunted land.