Peoples Geography — Reclaiming space

Creating people's geographies

Gush Shalom ad in Haaretz, Sept. 22

Refreshing to read a good citation of this quote as an antidote to the tired refrain from the Israeli establishment that “there is no partner for peace” – hogwash and rings as hollow now as it always did.

עברית / Hebrew

“The essence of peace is to connect two opposites.

If you see somebody whose opinion is the very opposite of yours, don’t believe that it is impossible to be at peace with him.

Also, if you see two people (peoples) that are two opposites – don’t say it is impossible to make peace between them.

On the contrary, that is the essence of the completeness of peace – to make peace prevail between two opposites.”

Rabbi Nachman of Bratislav

Rabbi Nachman, 1772-1811 a mystic and ascetic, was one of the most celebrated Ukrainian Hassidic rabbis. He has many followers in Israel and elsewhere

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This entry was posted on 25 September, 2006 by in International Law, Israel, Palestine, Palestine Peace, Peace and Justice, Poetry, Quotes, Religion.

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