Seeking Peace Where Hatred Runs Deep

A poll that Washington Post columnist Max Boot accurately characterizes as “one of the most depressing . . . in recent memory” found that 71 percent of Palestinians support Hamas’s maximally vicious October 7th surprise attack on Israel that precipitated a totally predictable reaction by Israel: bringing death, destruction, and misery on the entire population of Gaza. Across the border, 68 percent of Jewish Israelis oppose humanitarian aid to people in Gaza.

Given the dominant sentiments in the region, achieving a sane, just, compassionate, sustainable peace has never seemed more elusive.