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But the search for normal remains an elusive one. It will continue to be so until Israel, currently celebrating its fiftieth year of existence, resolves the conflict that has plagued it since its birth in 1948. Namely: two peoples, one land. Unfortunately, Israelis remain bitterly divided on how this should be done, and even if a consensus were to emerge, they can't do it without the help of their Palestinian neighbors.

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Posted April 22. Text © Stuart Weinberg 1998. Part of the original Sideroad.
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Stuart Weinberg was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. From 1989-1996 he worked as an elementary school teacher for the Etobicoke Board of Education there. In 1996, he moved to Israel with his family where he has been serving as the Israeli correspondent for the Jewish Tribune, Bnai Brith’s national newspaper in Canada. His articles have also appeared in the Jerusalem Post.