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Friday, August 01, 2003

Dyan Zaslowsky of Denver: Essay published in the NYTimes

"In France, nothing matters because we will all die anyway. In Israel, everything matters for the same reason."
We experienced so many situations suggesting that both sides just wanted to get along that we actually thought peace might break out any minute.

Consider a few examples. Our guide, Moshe, is planning an interdenominational tour from Israel to Iraq this fall; large signs on the Tel Aviv beach proclaim "Go in Peace" in English, Arabic and Hebrew. Where the Sea of Galilee laps tranquilly at the rock shore beneath the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, a large group of South Koreans - who even now fill Israel's tour buses - sang sweet hymns. And outside the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem an Arab woman was nursing her baby in a retreating patch of shade. She had one palm outstretched, and while I fished money out of my pack an Orthodox Jew in a long black coat and black hat came along. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a few shekels, placing them gently in the woman's hand and then quickly walked on.

Kol hakavod, Dyan, for traveling with your family to Israel.