Inspiration from Zion..
05 October '16..
The only time I ever saw my grandfather cry was when we were watching the signing of the Oslo Accords.
At 15 I wasn’t really aware of what was happening but his reaction shocked me so much that the scene is forever seared in to my memory…
My grandmother was sitting in stony silence in her chair in the living room, watching tv. As I came in to the room I saw my grandfather standing, leaning over the back of the other chair. I stood next to him and we watched the ceremony. My grandfather, wiping the tears from his face, saw me staring at him. He was pale. My undemonstrative grandfather, a man who (unlike my grandmother) rarely expressed any thoughts on politics said: “He just signed away Israel.”
My heart skipped a beat.
His were not tears of joy. At the time while most Israelis were overcome with a feeling of euphoria, truly believing (or at least wanting to believe) that this event would reign in a new area of peace, his reaction was highly unusual.
Both my grandparents were extremely concerned and it wasn’t long before I began to see how correct they were…
Lesson 1: People are complicated
The death of Shimon Peres has triggered a slew of articles and segments about him (including this one). Some lauded Peres, practically deifying him. Others demonized him. In Israel, between his death and his funeral, the media focused on nothing else, as if the world had stopped because the man who seemed like he would live forever stopped.
The media coverage has bothered me enormously, largely because it has been horribly one dimensional. People are complicated and Shimon Peres was a prime example of this. He deserves better than being flattened in to a character that is “the good guy” or “the bad guy,” depending on who is writing the story.
The influence of my grandparents could have put me in the demonization camp but it was those same grandparents who taught me to look deeper than that.
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