Across past decades, this question has arisen among many who wish the fighting in the middle east would cease, once and for all. Others believe that there will never be peace. But the answer is yes, there can be peace in the middle east. One need only review history.
Prior to 1949, Israelis and Palestinians, Muslims,Christians, and Jews, were living side-by-side, in peace. They worked together, lived among each other, and had finally, found a way to co-exist. If it happened once before, it can happen again. There are hard lines which have been drawn in the sand, but there is hope, because sand can easily move, it is the people who are drawing the lines who refuse to move. Life in and of itself, is beautiful. Seeing the tears and heartbreak of mothers and fathers at the death of an innocent child should be a compelling and motivating factor to stop listening to those ‘line drawers’, and demand a peaceful, safe world for their children. If we put children in the forefront, perhaps the political can be pushed aside. The children who died, on both sides, were far more important than any political agenda. Their delightful laughter, has been now silenced forever.
Hopefully, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will navigate through the madness towards a true and just peace. The Arab spring brings hope that just as the people of the region grew tired of dictators, have also grown tired of war, and that the Israelis are truly ready to engage in meaningful talks. We can only hope, pray, and send positive energy in that direction, so that no more children will die as a result of adults refusing to … just talk.