Dear Yossi,

I am an Egyptian young man who’s been passionate to know about the nature of the conflict between Israel and Egypt from an early age, especially since I was born years after the conflict and wasn’t there to witness those events. Luckily, by the time I was born the leaders of both sides had already reached an agreement and made peace between our nations.

The dispute that I have witnessed is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and I have read a lot about the Arab and Palestinian viewpoints towards Israel but it never satisfied me because in order to be fair one needs to know the other side’s story and analyze it. We must be objective and therefore I have searched a lot for books in which Jews themselves expressed their point of view about the conflict until I’ve found this amazing book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor”, where the author presents both sides of the story with full  neutrality, transparency and fairness. This reminded me of a verse in The Holy Quran that says : “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is closer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do “(Al-Maida – 8).

The verse clearly states that we should not let hatred and antipathy prevent us from being fair and just toward others. We should not treat anyone badly and deny their right to exist. The author was so fair when he was presenting each side’ views and he even spoke about the similarities between Islam and Judaism and how valuable Hebron and Jerusalem were to both Muslims and Jews. I also loved how Jews have reunited after the exile and established a country, and I believe they have the right to do so.

The author suggested peaceful solutions to resolving the conflict but he never spoke about the successful experience between Egypt and Israel and it is imperative for the Palestinian leaders to learn from it and take the Egyptian president Sadat as an exemplary figure for them in terms of solving the conflict and making peace. The Palestinians should put themselves in the place of Jews in order to understand and recognize their right to exist and have their own independent sovereign state.

I also loved it when Yossi wrote that he wanted to host his neighbors in that tent (during the holiday of Sukkot) and I wish I were invited so that I could help him write a new book about the old conflict that was solved by peace. I hope I could help in completing the peaceful vision of this book for the dear Palestinian people for whom I wish a happy future the same way I do for the Israeli people.

I could go on and on but to make it short, I would love to thank the great author Yossi so much for his great work that made me love the Jewish nation and the state of Israel.

 

Peace

Mustafa from Egypt