People always ask, “aren’t you afraid to go to Israel” and my answer is always not afraid any more nowadays than going to the movies, into a post office, store, or just walking on the street. It’s a sad commentary. Syria is in the news daily and we visited the Golan Heights captured by Israel in 1967 after the Syrians had constantly barraged Israeli towns and farms from the heights (4000 foot peaks) You can see villages and towns on the Israeli side up to the base of the mountains. It’s safe to say that whatever happens in the future Israel is unlikely to give this strategic area up. There has never been a peace treaty between Israel and Syria as there is with Jordan and Egypt but in the 1970s the UN was able to broker a cease fire with a 9 mile demilitarized (no mans land) between the two. It’s been peaceful ever since.
Things are so complex in this region and more and more it’s hard to know if there is even a way to proceed to peace, whatever that means. While we have been here we’ve heard about the sad events of Nice, Istanbul, killings on the streets of the US and some attacks here as well. It’s a different world and more and more the rest of the world seems to be becoming more like this volatile part of the world. I have to hope for more enlightenment going forward but it’s hard to see how or when.
This is my last blog post for this trip as we are making our way home. It’s been amazing as always and with the “growing” family looks like I’ll be back in Jerusalem very soon.