A just peace is the longing of most people who call the Holy Land home. Decades of failed attempts to negotiate such a peace have resulted in continued fighting and increased division, despair, and fear. The recent dream of a two state solution now appears it will remain just that, at dream. Yet, a new vision for a solution has arisen. It actually is not all that new, but the pursuit of it as the most realistic possibility for a just peace is: a binational democratic state. This essentially would look like one state with equal rights for all, similar to the U.K. This would mean both Israel and the Palestinians must sacrifice the hope of their own individual states, but since none of the proposed borderlines have been accepted by either party one state seems the only way forward. To explore this idea further I recommend reading Jeff Halper's new book, War Against the People: Israel, The Palestinians and Global Pacification.
This past Sunday afternoon I had the opportunity to learn and practice such pursuits of peace with Jeff Halper through education and conversation and also sharing in amazing food with the great company of Palestinian and American Muslims, Jewish Israelis and Americans, and American Christians.
May we all be encouraged to pursue just peace in great and small ways with our neighbors both near and far.