Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 4 comments
"It is easy for you to say,but it is hard to talk peace when you are getting shelled every day," in less than 2000 days of conflict, the Palestinians have fired approximately 5,000 rockets at Israel from Gaza. "The Palestinians want peace so bad they can taste it" -- is that why they've fired those 5,000 rockets? To here the Palestinians talk, they couldn't be treated any worse. So doesn't it stand to reason that a change in their behavior (like not firing rockets at Israel) would lead to a situation on the ground better suited to productive discussion towards a permanant settlement? "but it is hard to make friends with someone who is killing your family at the same time." Yes it is. That's why the Palestinians also must exercise their share in the responsibility towards ceasing violent hostilities.