Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of The Jewish Daily Forward, and Maysoon Zayid, a comedian and writer of Palestinian descent, join Current TV’s John Fugelsang to share their thoughts on the implications of Barack Obama’s first trip to Israel as president and the obstacles that remain to a peaceful resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
“For Americans to not understand that having someone come in, take your house, possibly kill one of your family members and say, ‘It doesn’t matter you lived here for centuries. It’s mine because it was mine 1,000 years ago and we’re doing this now’ — no American would stand for that,” Zayid says. “They must understand the anger.”
“I think it’s also really important for people to understand what it’s been like to live in Israel for the last many decades. To face a suicide bomb on a bus or in a restaurant,” Eisner responds. “I think both sides have very legitimate grievances. I think it’s incumbent upon all of us as caring human beings to understand these narratives and to acknowledge them, but also to try to understand that each side has to give up something for that.”