the destroyed generation

When I was young I was told that the future of the Middle East was in the next generation, my generation. Group such as Seeds of Peace brought together Israeli and Palestinian youth hoping that they would recognize the humanity in the other, that they would be able to accomplish what their parents had not, a lasting peace.

Well, they were wrong. According to an article in today’s New York Times, the youth of Palestine are worse off then previous generations,

More importantly, this generation has lost faith in political solutions. “They haven’t lived one moment in a period of real hope for a real state,” he said. “And with this internal fighting, there is more and more a feeling that we don’t deserve a state, that we’re inadequate, which kills the morale of the young.”

The article interviews a number of the young, ranging from childhood through their 30s. A hopelessness runs through all of the conversations,

Some 58 percent of those under 30 … expect a more violent struggle with Israel over the next 5 to 10 years, and only 22 percent believe that there will be a peaceful negotiated solution between Israel and the Palestinians. About 48 percent believe such an agreement is impossible, and 20 percent more believe it will only come “in a few generations.”

I would guess that the situation is very similar in Israel as well. People have lost hope. How does it get reborn?


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