I had the privilege to be invited by Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, to address their National Executive Committee on February 10, 2012. I discussed my recent trip to Israel as part of a group of Latino journalists, as well as my own very personal journey over the past year that had led me to learn more about myself, the Jewish people and to develop a personal friendship with Abe.
There is a joke among Israelis that for every two people here, there are at least three opinions. That’s what makes the stories of three men—two Israelis and one Palestinian—so unexpected.
Qassam rocket territory is a place where a rocket, filled with who knows what, strikes once every 24 hours. With all this tension, with an occupation on one side of the border and rockets landing on the other, you’d think hate would be palpable and overwhelming. But generally (and surprisingly), Jews and Palestinians genuinely long for peace.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has admitted that the Arab world erred in rejecting the United Nations’ 1947 plan to partition Palestine into two states–one for Jews and another for Palestinians. In the decades that have followed, neither side has been blameless. But Palestinians have argued for a reversal of history. By admitting that they should have accepted the UN partition, is Abbas finally accepting that history?