Israeli cultural commentator Yair Lapid, son of the late Knesset member Tommy Lapid, asks God for one – just one – blessed week of quiet in the Holy Land. He writes in Ynet:
Even if we lived in New Zealand, we wouldn’t have quiet. The mountains and red tile roofs would be the same, but we would somehow create some kind of mess. We would either declare a war on sheep, or perhaps establish an alternate state, “Old New Zealand,” which would be premised on the opposite views. It doesn’t matter the opposite of what, as long as it would be the opposite.
Anyone can travel halfway across the world, yet he would still take himself along for the ride. After all those years on the wrong side of the globe, perhaps it’s time to admit that our problem isn’t our location, but rather, the way we are.