Yair will never go back there to live. Every time he says that, part of me wishes he would, for Israel needs a young man who detests the very notion of boundaries between countries. But if he left New York, I would be deprived of a friend who gently sets down his futuristic visions on café tables too small to hold them.
“Jews should be allowed to live on the West Bank if they want, and Arabs should be allowed to live in Israel if they want. The whole idea of nations and borders makes no sense to me. It’s an outmoded concept from another century. It’s undemocratic. I should be able to live anywhere I want. Anyone should.”