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His ultimate solution -- and he was serious -- to the problems between Israel and Palestine is to elect more women to political office -- "they would sit down and figure out how we could all live together" he said.
It was a sobering, intriguing introduction to the next ten days.
The two photos attached were taken on a 'tel' or hill -- the highest point of Joffa -- created after four thousand years of civilizations building on top of one another.
The 'team photo' of our travelers from Westminster, North Presbyterian, Temple Beth Zion and Congregation Shir Shalom was after a walking tour of the narrow streets and alleys of Joffa -- most of it built four hundred years ago by the Ottoman Turks.
What makes this residential program of interest is its pluralism -- accepting students of any race or creed.
I hope you will find a few minutes to join us each day through the pictures and people I will be reporting about.
Shalom, Tom Dear Friends, After a relatively smooth 12 hour flight which took us over the spectacular Alps and landed in Tel Aviv at pm Israeli time, we gathered our stalwart Jewish/Christian geo-political tour group, met our excellent guide, Yael (a young mother of three and former Israeli soldier), and took our bus to Joffa -- the southern side of Tel Aviv at the eastern most end of the Mediterranean Sea.
We will be returning on Thursday, January 19 The purpose of our trip is to visit the important Jewish and Christian holy sites, as well as meet with and interview representative persons as we and seek to understand different perspectives on the geo-political issues currently dividing Israel.
Our trip will take us from Galilee in the north to Jerusalem and Tel Avivand then the Dead Sea in the south.
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Our last stop of the afternoon, after walking an open air arts and crafts market in Tel Aviv easily the size of the Allentown Fair, was the location of the founding of the city.