I was fortunate to visit Palestine in a semi-private capacity last November. We met wonderful community groups, youth groups, drama groups, cultural groups and heritage groups. We visited a wonderful music school with a symphony orchestra. In general, there seemed to be disconnect between those groups and the Palestinian Authority.
There is no doubt that the settlement issue is the biggest factor preventing peace. It is only when one is able to see the separation wall in Hebron that one realises the extent of the settlement problem. There seems to be a disconnect between the political issues and the people who have decided to get on with their lives.
We met groups in both Palestine and Israel and we wondered where is the dialogue between people and the movement to bring people together. The dialogue seems to have fallen away due to pessimism and perhaps cynicism that there had not been progress in the years since the Oslo Accords.
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