Me and you and Netanyahu,
What, oh what are we to do?
Say we let the hate abate,
And let them have a separate state?
Me and you, Mahmood Abbas
Help us make it come to pass.
Accept the presence of the Jew,
Most native born, the same as you.
We all hoped for peace for this tortured piece real estate many times and every time we are disappointed.
This poem, first published in Poetry 24 is hopeful but the reality is far from it.
On the radio yesterday, a current affairs program pointed out that the Israeli voting demographic was moving away from the possibility of a sensible solution for the same reason as Palestinians were, ie, large religious families.
Secular Jews, who work, serve in Defence, pay taxes, grow stuff and make things, have an average of two children per couple. Hasidic Jews, who study only the Talmud and other Holy Scripture, are never trained to work, produce children at about eight per couple and increasingly control Government policy.
Project that ahead a generation and we can see a compelling reason for a solution NOW!
Pic. stolen from Business Week.