Don’t cry for me Barcelona OR Miri Regev’s own goal

Last week the Barcelona Football club came to Israel’s Bloomfield stadium in Ramat Gan as part of its world peace tour. 12,000 Israeli and Palestinians children were brought to the event to be together, to enjoy the sight of Leo Messi and the world’s best football team. Some of the kids were even sick with cancer, and for them it was a rare opportunity to get outside and be in the spotlight. Continue reading

This week’s radio show: Peace talks, Burning Man, and Gays taking on Putin

“This week peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians kicked off in Washington DC. The price Israel had to pay to get into the talks was a release of 104 prisoners who have been in jail since before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. This is a steep price, for the families of the victims and for many Israelis in general. Between the heartbreak, there is hope. Hope that this time, after countless attempts at peace talks, this time will be different. That this time will lead to a deal that ends the conflict. It seems almost like a dream — an end to the conflict. Is that even really possible? Are our negotiators in Washington like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills? Or perhaps they’re like Sisyphus, rolling a large boulder up a mountain — a boulder that will always fall back down. Perhaps the Gods have decreed that there will never be real peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Or maybe this time, the Israelis and Palestinians will be able to push that boulder to the top of the mountain, and roll it off the other side of the cliff —  ridding us all of this endless, bloody conflict. Can we dream of that? Between the heartbreak and the pessimism, is there room for hope? Between the skepticism and yearning, is there a realistic chance that this time there will be a different outcome? And between the disappointments and frustrations, has anyone truly imagined what life here could be like if we did live in a country at peace with its neighbors? While we’re not currently living in war, and we’re not living in peace either, maybe it’s not so bad that we live in hope.”