Israel – maybe halfway through.

When the West created Israel, everyone knew it was an audacious act. A group of fanatically dedicated people were sent to a foreign country with a bunch of guns and a three thousand year old sheet of paper attesting their ancestors lived there millennia ago. The idea is simple: societies grow toward accomodation. If the newcomers simply hold their ground and fight long enough, their children’s children will learn how to live in peace.

I think this is working. But we’re still closer to the ugly facts than the inevitable reconciliation.

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