This week, mepeace was inside the Knesset (Israel's parliament)
once again. MK Amir Peretz, former leader of the Labor party who served as Minister of Defense until earlier this year, heard about mepeace and the work of our peacemakers. In our meeting, Peretz quickly grasped the potential for a network for peacemakers and blessed our initiative and work. In our meeting, I shared with Peretz my life story and dream of a platform for peacemakers which will enable people to associate and build peace together. He told me not to let go of my dream. "A man without a dream," he told me, "is like a dead horse".
After meeting Peretz, I sat in the Knesset cafeteria. There, Knesset members, visitors and assistants are all equal. When a gentleman asked if he could share my table, I agreed, and found sitting opposite me Knesset Member Zvi Hendel, of the most extreme right political party. Not letting a golden opportunity pass me by, I presented him my mepeace card. His response? "I'll make you a deal", he said, "the day after you make peace between Jews I will join mepeace".
I saw the opportunity to explain my commitment to peace. I told him I waited 30 years to do something substantial in my life. Making peace is good for the Jewish people, and wasn't willing to wait another 30 years to do it. He did not much to say.