I am a regular reader of Daniel Gordis, in part because I know him and in part because I find his writing to be compelling. If you ask him he might not recognize my name, but my face for certain, not that any of this matters. What I appreciate is that he looks at life in Israel from a very real perspective, placing a human face on all sides. And based upon past discussions and much of what I have read I think that our politics are similar. He has undergone an interesting evolution and I suspect I might have too if I had actually made aliyah. In his most recent dispatch he writes about a recent experience with his family and the upcoming disengagement. It is a long, but well written piece that I am going to grab a few nuggets from.
Not to spend a ton of time lauding Gordis, but I really do appreciate his ability to make it human. In the next section he tells of taking the wrong road and illustrates a story that sounds like it should have been part of a movie.
Sounds crazy, no.
Some people will read this and feel nothing, others may see this and get a lump in their throats, but it is hard for me not to just shake my head because of the incredible complexities involved. How do you just ignore the sacrifices that these people are asked to make and not feel for the Palestinians. Yet, every time I read about another bombing or attack it becomes harder to remember that the other side has a human face.