What Millennials (and Kerry) Fail to Understand About Israel and 'Peace'
By Chelsea Patterson and Alexandria Paolozzi| Red Alert Politics --
Millennials are more likely to sympathize with Palestinians than Israelis. According to a Pew Research poll, the gap among sympathizers is the largest with millennials. “Millennials are the only generational cohort in which fewer than half (43%) sympathize more with Israel.”
As tensions rise in the Middle East, our fellow millennials desire peace. A noble undertaking, but one that, if not handled with caution, holds deep consequences. We can’t fall prey to peace without properly understanding what peace in Israel means. The Palestinian leadership has a long history of terrorizing Israel, and “peace” in Israel is more complicated than a two-state solution. As millennials – free-thinkers, those willing to go against the grain – we should seek to understand what’s really going on. It may feel benevolent to side with the group that only wants land, but the consequences are detrimental. Palestinians have demonstrated again and again, that peace to them means the annihilation of Israel as we know it.
This year, both of us have had the incredible privilege of walking through Israel, drinking in the beauty of the land, but most importantly, meeting its people. One of the biggest benefits of our trip was hearing first hand how the Israelis think and feel, and seeking to truly understand the conflict with the Palestinians.