The Israeli-Palestinian question: a CouchSurfing debate

  • X) Hey! Whats up? My name is Xxx. Im 24 years old from Jerusalem.

    I looked over your profile and you seem like a really cool person. I would love to grab a beer one day or to show you around cool places I love in Jerusalem.
    By the way what is Palestine? Is it Israel or you mean Jordan? Because i have never heard it before.

    I) Hi Xxx, thanks for offering to take me around 🙂
    I find it quite puzzling that you seem not to know what Palestine is, since I believe you live in it! Are you sure that term doesn’t ring a bell? Also, if you’re being political, please be it openly. I’m happy to discuss.

    X) I know Palestine as a territory of Gaza and the West Bank. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.. or am I wrong? Palestinan is just a nickname for these territories. Its not a country.. If it was a country they would have anthem, army and government. As for now they just exist… hope they will have a country one day though

    I) All right- so you see, you knew what Palestine is! I’ve never said it is a country by the way, just that I wanted to visit it!! And sure, it’s very well-known that not everybody on the planet recognises it as a country, therefore it isn’t. But it’s still a name that’s normally in use, just like “West Bank”, as you said, or just like I’d say I come from Northern Italy, for example. Right?

    By the way, for your information, if you type “Palestine” on Google Maps this is what comes out: <<The State of Palestine, also known simply as Palestine, is a de jure sovereign state in the Middle East that is recognized by 136 UN members and since 2012 has a status of a non-member observer state […Wikipedia]
    Capital:East Jerusalem
    President:Mahmoud Abbas>>
    So are we clear now? 😉

    I find this conversation fascinating. Hope Xxx replies soon. And I hope we’ll really meet when I visit Jerusalem in December 🙂

    p.s. Dear Xxx, in case you’re reading this, please do not feel that your privacy has been infringed. I decided to publish this exchange of words between the two of us because I think it may inspire people to talk about this topic more, and show that dialogue is always possible, no matter what the two parties think, as long as they are both willing to listen. I sincerely do hope our dialogue can continue and I wish to learn in more detail what you think, where your ideas come from and what supports your opinions. Thank you for starting our conversation!

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