This weekend has been marred by escalating violence in the Middle East, leaving many to wonder if there ever can be peace there. Can two peoples — Israelis and Palestinians — with so much hatred toward each other throughout the ages co-exist as two nations on a plot of land barely large enough for one? The answers do not come easily.
There may be thousands of miles between our desert community and theirs, but as we saw Sept. 11, the world is much smaller than anyone could have imagined. We are far from immune to the violence that has become a regular occurrence in the Middle East.
This weekend particularly, when Christians celebrate Easter and Jews the Passover, faiths that share the site of their origins with the Muslim religion, we cannot give up on peace in the land many call holy.
Each day the media delivers horrible images and descriptions of life being lost. Most recently a terrorist walked into a hotel in Israel and blew himself up, killing 20 people there to celebrate Passover and injuring at least 100 others. On Friday a Palestinian teen strapped on explosives and detonated them, killing herself and two Israelis.