As I travel the country with my tourists, I often welcome the opportunity for chance observations and conversations.
Let me share one such conversation I had last week with a young Israeli woman who lives on the Golan Heights.
I met her in the dining room of a beautiful holiday village on the Golan where she was working this summer as a waitress..
When I found out that she lived in a near by village on the Golan Heights, I wanted to get a sense of how she felt about where she lived. After all, the Golan Heights has been a controversial issue for as long as it has been in Israeli hands, in the 1967 Six Day war.
I asked her if she would ever entertain the idea of abandoning the Golan and her home for “peace”. I must say that I expected an absolute negative response. I was surprised then when she said that for peace she would indeed give up the territory and her home. After all that has transpired in our country and region since the heady Oslo days of illusion, I was certain that an intelligent local resident would know better…, but no, she insisted that guaranteed peace and not land is most important.
OK, she has taken the wisdom of Shimon Peres very seriously.
I asked her, theoretically speaking, would she agree to giving away the Galilee as well for “peace”. She said she would.
I pressed her, what about the whole country except for greater Tel Aviv, if guaranteed peace is more important than land? She hesitated and then following her own logic and said, yes.
I still thought that she was not a complete fool so I asked her , “and what if, just for arguments sake, all the Jews of Israel were transferred out to a comfortable place and there, were guaranteed peace?
She now was very emphatic and said,” No! We need a Jewish country!”
We can not be safe with out one”
I was confused.
I did not follow her logic at this point. If guaranteed peace and safety is more important than land…?
Now what was missing in her education, to bring her and many of her generation to such convoluted, confusing thoughts?
This was food for thought for me.