The answer is “no.” We do not want to make peace with the Palestinians. We would like to make peace with the New Zealanders. They are a nice and quiet people who like to chase sheep and produce painters who like to draw their own country’s landscape.
But here’s the problem: It’s not the people of New Zealand whom we have to make peace with.
The murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis is a blow to all those people who pursue peace and believe that it can be achieved. At this time it’s hard to imagine a more symbolic victim of the pursuit of peace with the Palestinians.
Indeed, Juliano Mer-Khamis was the grandson of one of the most prominent symbols of settlement in the Land of Israel, Professor Gideon Mer, who fought to eradicate Malaria by exterminating the legendary horse-flies that killed the first pioneers in the land.
Juliano was the son of Arna Mer and Saliba Khamis, a Jewish Israeli woman and an Arab Christian man. Yet Juliano Mer chose to be Arab, not to love his own country, Israel, and to show great love for his Palestinian brethren.
Juliano Mer-Khamis was murdered in Jenin Monday, and along with him, the hope for peace was murdered. How terrible can this place be.
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