Time to Sanctify People, Not Land

Two challenging years residing in Jerusalem has taught me that everything is political and politics is everywhere. But resolving the conflict requires us to push back from the over-politicization of both Israelis and Palestinians - to cherish the human nuances that are in danger of being lost.

Everything is politics, the German novelist Thomas Mann once wrote, and my sojourn in Jerusalem has convinced me that this truism is nowhere truer, at...