Mandela's "Long Walk to Freedom" is an inspiration to all mankind. The reality of the Middle Eastern situation is that both sides are very much needed for Israel to "Leave the 'prison' of hatred and bitterness behind". Sadly, I cannot yet envisage people such as Assad, Ahmedinejad or others, drinking coffee with Mr. Peres or Mr. Netanyahu on a friendly, almost daiy basis as Mandela did with South Africa's leaders before he was released from his captivity on Robben Island in the sea off Capetown. I have very fond memories of standing in the avenue outside "Wits" University in Johannesburg, with a placard saying, "Free Mandela". If I were to stand outside the President' Peres' residence with a placard saying: "Leave hatred and bitterness behind", I would soon be arrested andl locked up in a psychiatric institution. Sadly, we are living currently another reality to that prevalent in South Africa - over twenty years ago. Hopefully we will all enjoy peace one day.
Israeli soldier lightly wounded after being hit by car south of Hebron (Haaretz)
from the article: What Israel won’t learn from Mandela’s legacy