I am from a generation of Jews who awaited the birth of Israel with great expectations. It was our assumption, and that of original leaders of the new state of Israel that it would introduce into the Middle East a new model of government. The original Israel was to be a beacon of hope for all who sought the rule of democracy, a nation that brought together Jews and Muslims and Christians living together and all committed to the proposition that people of diverse origins could live and work together in peace. There is no question original Israel leaders did include those with global views, those who did not hate Muslims but endeavored to respect them as individuals who could live in harmony with Jews. As the years have passed, so have the dreams of Israel leaders, and those of Palestinians. The original Israel dream was thwarted by Palestinian leaders who committed themselves to violence and hatred. That was the past.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Israel at least eleven times working for a compromise between Palestinians and Israel He has been challenged by voices both in Israel and Palestinian governments who believe talk talk and reconciliation is naive. Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon blasted the American leader. “Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived here determined and who operates from an incomprehensible obsession and a sense of messianism -can’t teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.” Another Israel Cabinet Minister described Kerry as “naive, delusional and suffers from a misunderstanding of the reality in the region.”
Nelson Mandela just died. I assume he also suffered from delusions that hate between those who oppressed dark skin people could never be overcome.