I thanked him, remembering my grandma who taught me that “you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” In response, he pulled a Mean Girls-style reply: “So you agree? ” I replied, now slightly taken aback, “Well, yeah, I’m proud of myself, and I don't think there’s anything wrong with owning it! And over Shabbat, I stayed with a woman who has her own consulting firm, is a published writer, and works for a non-profit that is actively helping thousands of Bnei Menashe (northeastern Indians who claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel) to return to their homeland.
The Palestinians are Arabs whose traditions are founded in Muslim culture; the Jews define their culture in large part around their religion as well.
At its core, however, it’s exactly the opposite, especially in Israel. I still wonder what he expected, or wanted, me to say: “Who, me? I visited the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and had the opportunity to speak with a passionate and relatable Member of the Knesset, Michal Biran.