Palestinian and Israeli couples weather disaster together on roof of truck

Is peace possible, read the story below and consider………

“The tsunamis that devastated parts of Southeast Asia brought an Israeli and a Palestinian couple together in the most trying of circumstances, the Israelis said Tuesday – on the roof of a truck, with flood waters swirling around them.

Yossi and Inbar Gross said they were spending their honeymoon in the Thai resort of Phuket when the area was overwhelmed by a wall of water.

“We and this Palestinian couple jumped on the roof of this Ford van,” Yossi Gross told Army Radio. “Below us was a raging river, a sea that washed up into the city and dragged everything along with it. Everything was wrecked, everything was ruined.”

Though Israel and the Palestinians are locked in a violent four-year conflict, the emergency pushed all that aside.

Gross said they stayed with the Palestinian couple on the van’s roof for more than four hours before they were able to climb down. He did not give their names.

After they made their way to a makeshift shelter, the Palestinians gave the Grosses money and assistance that enabled them to get to Bangkok and board a flight for Israel, Gross said.

“I have to tell you, if there’s someone I have to thank, quite simply they’re the people who got us out of there,” he said. “All of our money, our passports, they were left in the hotel… without them we couldn’t have gotten out.”

Inbar Gross said their debt to the Palestinians is incalculable.

“Maybe we owe them our lives,” she said.

Her husband said he and the Palestinians exchanged phone numbers and intend to keep in close touch.

“Friends?” he said. “Of course we are. Absolutely.”

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  1. Doctor Bean December 30, 2004 at 6:09 am

    But will that couple run for PA President? Sadly, no.

  2. Stacey December 29, 2004 at 9:22 pm

    What a touching, beautiful story.

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