“Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.”
- Mother Teresa
Archive for May, 2013
Amidst all the winds of change in the Middle East, this week I read these 3 pieces that are worth perusing for any student of the region:
- John Kerry’s vision for economic and socio-political development in Palestine, and for rekindling negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/05/209969.htm
- Ben Caspit’s warning about the possible repercussions of the Syrian conflict and the country’s disintegration: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/israel-versus-the-russian-syrian-alliance.html
- Dore Gold’s historical perspective on how the borders in the Levant settled by the British and the French in 1916 may be about to change: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=4441
One of my team members shared this – and I curse and thank her for making me cry so much. It is so important to remember every day how blessed we are and to cherish life – and live it to the fullest, with purpose and kindness. If the previous line seems cheesy and hollow to you, watch this video and then read it again.
“Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. ”
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”
― Milton Berle
Anyone who is unconvinced on why it is imperative to work harder to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict need only review the data in the most recent global PEW poll, reprinted below. The longer this conflict is unresolved, the more that Israelis AND Palestinians will be disliked, resented and eventually ostracized by other countries. The challenges to get to a two state solution are quite serious – only 14% of Palestinians feel that “there is a way for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully” – but that should only give us all more conviction to invest into educating both sides that without a resolution, both peoples will be condemning each other to an eternal battleground.
Read more after the jump, or check out the full survey here.