Sunday, December 13, 2009

Winning Hearts and Minds on Both Sides

Haaretz ran an article today about settlers who handed out copies of the Qur'an to Palestinians after the mosque attack at the end of last week. No doubt the settler movement could use some good publicity, but the comments made by peace activist Rabbi Menachem Froman sound sincere: "We want to create new conditions between Jews and Arabs. Arson in a mosque is an attempt to sow hatred between Jews and Arabs. Jewish law also prohibits damaging a holy place."

I write often about engaging the moderate Palestinian population but it's important to remember that there is a moderate settler population as well. Supporting efforts like these will be key to reducing the number of radical settlers who resist withdrawal from the West Bank. Moreover, a better relationship between settlers and Palestinians would benefit all parties involved and their various interests.

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