Dear Yossi,

I am one of many Syrians living abroad, scattered around the globe. For nearly five decades, Al-Assad
regime condemned us to austerity and oppression for the sake of defending the “Arab dignity”
against the Israeli project. After the regime and its allies—not the Israelis—displaced and killed
many of us since 2011, the motivations of the Axis of Resistance have become highly questionable.
If I wrote to you from Damascus or Beirut, I would be writing my death sentence. Contacting “the
enemy” is strictly forbidden. But from Europe, I am free to judge for myself, who is a friend and who
is not. I no longer perceive the Israelis as foes. Especially after reading Letters to My Palestinian
Neighbour.

Your book is not merely a great read. It took me on a journey through Jewish history and traditions,
and it explained to me the Israeli society. You introduced your people to me. And despite a long-
imposed estrangement between our sides, a nostalgia to the origin arose, to our cousins.

“How shall we ever reach a peace agreement?” I used to wonder and often despair. The general
Arab mood is maximalist, and people think and express themselves in superlatives. When it comes to
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the solutions propose the demise of one of the adversaries. A total
victory or an honorable martyrdom. This unrealistic approach does not help anyone; Israel is an
established, democratic and progressive country. It won’t vanish. Instead of supporting a vision of
co-existence, chauvinists challenge the Palestinians to hold onto a suspended status, generation
after the other, which is unfair and unnecessary. Somehow, a Palestine must co-exist with an Israel,
and vice versa. But how?

I found the answer in Letter number six: The Partition of Justice. The wisdom and humility in this
chapter commended days of deep reflection. “The enemy of justice for both sides is absolute justice
for either side”. This lesson could guide any disputants to the other side of the tunnel. It will always
glow in my mind.

Before and after reading your book, a mind does not remain the same. I recommend it to everybody.
Thank you, Yossi, for reaching out to your neighbors. Thank you for being a serious and true
peacemaker.

Keep up the good work,

Rawan Osman