Since ‘Sixty-seven I believed my vocation
Was to encourage Israel to be a light
By letting the Palestinians form a nation
And thus transcend the tragic need to fight.
As time went by, inevitably I became
A tired dreamer, rancorous and sad
To witness politicians without shame
Make the dire situation increasingly bad.
Indeed I often wish to leave this place,
To settle in a country blessed with peace,
Where nature’s more abundant, as is space,
And my Biblical nightmares at last might cease.
For Israel’s lust for tribal supremacy
Has woken the Diasporan side of me.
18 May 2022