There’s an interesting disconnect between the two halves of society here. It seems as though there is a lot of presumed animosity but most people I meet are more open-minded than you would be led to believe by all the rhetoric-spinning going on.
Most Israelis I’ve met – and it could be because of age, or where we live, or the particular kinds of people I am likely to meet (i.e. not Ultra-Orthodox) – have been really supportive of the kind of work that we do. There’s a definite acknowledgement of a problem that needs to be fixed, and an appreciation that someone cares enough to do anything about it.
It’s like the organic grassroots movement is towards mutual understanding and respect, but a culture of intolerance and fear is being forced upon all communities. Very trickle-down economics.