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Ilhan Omar's Guide to Israel

Posted On: Aug 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Tablet Magazine

Ilhan Omar's Guide to Israel

When news broke last month that Rep. Ilhan Omar was planning a trip to Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank with some of her congressional colleagues, I felt a subtle sense of hope. I disagree with many of Omar's comments on the conflicts, but, given her rapid change in viewpoint after winning her election , I hope that she'll come to the region with an open mind and an open heart. And having myself visited Israel on numerous occasions-visits that were deeply meaningful to me and helped me shape my view of regional politics-I believe the right itinerary could make a real difference. I'm no travel agent, but I wrestle daily with a complicated view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and, with that in mind, sat down to imagine the trip I would arrange for Omar and her friends.
Tzfat is a good place to start and get rooted. The town has a deep history of Jewish mysticism, religious study, and art. Local legend claims the city was created by Noah after the flood. Yes, that Noah. It has ancient Jewish roots,...

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