The situation is so complicated, that I don't know what to say, or what to think, and I fear that the escalation is hijacking the peace efforts on both sides and, in the long run, threatens to jeopardise the long term vision of peace. I don't know what each of you feel and think. It is hard to respond in the face of all the horror. The temptation to become one-sided is great, yet I do not want to go that way. Close to home, I speak daily with my sister Shlomit, who lives in the Galilee, right in the middle of the falling Katyushas. Houses in her village and the surrounding area were directly hit, and people have been killed and wounded. Most of the village residents are refugees themselves, and the economy is paralysed. She works as a psychologist for her region and tries to deal with the traumas which are inflicted daily.
The ten-fold suffering on the Lebanese side tears my heart. I cannot see how horrific civilian suffering will achieve a solution, and know that more hatred will grow. The Hezbullah's threat to wipe Israel off the map, and the Iranian backing of this goal does nothing, in my mind at least, for the Palestinian cause, and only hardens the Israeli population to believe that military power is the ultimate power. We need to work so much harder to change hearts and build trust.
While I am not sure what is the best way of dealing with the Hezbullah, I really believe that Israelis and Palestinians will eventually solve the conflict, when trust and good will on both sides is increased. We have to carry on doing our bit.
With love, and deep deep prayers for the fire to stop and dialogue to resume,
In the photo Chani (in the midle) with Wissam and Ruti in Openning hearts- a Concert for Peace.