This is about as close as anything I’ve read or heard to expressing my own consternation over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and so many others. Like this writer, I keep hoping, amidst deep feeling of despair, that as a people we will wake up and face together the very real problems we have created as a species, problems like global warming that we may not be able to reverse at all and that we most certainly can only solve cooperatively.
I have never been afraid to express my opinion. I welcome reasonable discussions and debate about almost anything—food, movies, books, baseball, politics, world affairs, religion, you name it. I have strong feelings about almost anything and everything, and I usually am not at all hesitant to say what I am thinking. I like to think that I listen to what others have to say and that I try and be informed about as much as I can before formulating my own opinion. My values have not changed much at all in the course of my life, so I know my starting point based on those values, but my mind has been changed many times on many issues by listening and reading what others have to say.
But this time I am lost. I am Jewish, I am proud to be Jewish, and I feel a strong emotional tie to Israel…
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