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