Today we had a briefing with Professor Asher Susser concerning Israel’s strategic environment and the peace process. I was reminded that our worst problems are nothing compared to theirs. While we worry about iProvo they worry about neighbors who have called for their annihilation. We complain about an increase of power rates and they wonder where they will get power without giving revenue to their enemies. We fear new higher taxes and as an average they pay 50% of their income in taxes.
Their everyday lives deal with how do we find peace? How do we reconcile generations of mistrust and war?
Like everything, there are two sides to this conflict. Tomorrow we meet with the Prime Minister of Palestine who no doubt will have equally as weighty problems for his people.
Some how this region must avoid the storm that is brewing. Despite the difficulties our day did see signs of hope. Jewish doctors performing heart surgery at little or no cost on Arab children and the Arab Jewish Center where children played, danced, and exercised with other children seemingly oblivious to their national and religious differences.
Being here reminds me just how connected the United States and the rest of the world is to this problem. No doubt that everything good that happens in this region is good for us and everything bad will impact us for than we would hope.