Listen to Krista's conversation with Riah Abu El-Assal, the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, who is a Palestinian Arab and an Israeli citizen. He describes his various experiences serving as a Christian priest in the Holy Land.
As Israel prepares for a critical election and Hamas forms a Palestinian cabinet, we explore the difficulty of reaching resolution in a land that its inhabitants, on both sides of the conflict, consider holy. Our guests in this two-part series, Israeli and Palestinian, identify deeply with the story and suffering of their own people. They are also individuals who from across tumultuous recent history have reached out to the other side. They find themselves embittered at the failure of the Oslo peace process, reeling from recent events, and uncertain about the future. We explore their unresolved questions and despair, and probe the deep longing for peace that remains within each of them and how they are imagining a future within new political realities.
is associate professor at the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC and executive director of the Salaam Institute for Peace & Justice.