As a new Jewish year begins, renewed U.S.-led peace talks continue between Israel and the Palestinians.
Much has been written about the low expectations surrounding these negotiations on both sides.
Certainly, Israelis and Jews have good reason to be skeptical.
The resumption of Palestinian violence at the beginning of this century, as well as rocket fire and terrorist incursions following Israel’s 2005 pullout from Gaza, are testament to this.
But as Jews, we must always be prepared for the possibility of peace, for the prospect that our enemies may surprise us.
And Israel should always be seen as being open to peace, even as it remains ready to defend itself.
In this vein, it’s worth recalling the words of former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, who used to say that Israel would pursue the peace process as if there was no terrorism and pursue terrorism as if there was no peace process.
Since Rabin’s death, the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has largely been fought to a draw. Continue reading