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.
Pastor Terry Jones burned a Quran last week. Hate masquerading as political protest is still hate, which is why Jones must be repudiated so he realizes that his actions are not only offensive, but also dangerous and careless—especially when we have troops stationed in Muslim countries.