- Pathfinder

Reply To: Have you ever been told that supporting Israel prevents you from supporting Palestinians? After taking this course, how would you go about responding to false accusations like this?

Benjamin Comire

After taking this course, I would respond that supporting Israel, in fact, is key to supporting Palestinians. Israel does more to advocate for the well-being of Palestinians than their Arab neighbors, and I support and encourage Israel’s efforts to work towards peace with Palestinians. The misguided thinking that supporting one side of this conflict means that I can’t support the other side as well is wrong. I am Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine because both sides involve people who want peace, autonomy, security, prosperity, etc. It is unfortunately, the Palestinian Authority who do not want to work towards peace with Israel, yet pursing peace would be to the benefit of the Palestinian people. I support Israel because they are still pursing diplomatic, non-violent means towards peace in the region, and it is that determination for peace that allows Israel to advocate not only for Israelis but Palestinians as well. I will keep supporting Israel and the good work they do to move towards peace in the Near East.