Just a Thought: Rami

Rami owns Ramini, the best Cafe in midtown, with the best pastries, all homemade. He is my first stop every morning for years and I consider him family. Like a big brother.

Rami is an Arab, Muslim, and Israeli. He was born in Israel, in the village of Manda in the north of the country. I asked him last week about his family and how he was doing these days. We were having an unprecedented wave of violence between Arabs and Jews inside Israel.

His family has lived in Israel for generations. Israel is home for him, but does it feel like home? He said he didn't like and couldn't trust either the Israeli or Palestinian governments.

In the past week, we would just look at each other, quietly, sharing the same pain of unsolved conflict.
Most of us, like 
Rami and me, just want the same thing - to live peacefully next to each other. 

Can we see both sides? Is there hope for our two nations? 

Happy Tuesday,


  • Marjorie Gross

    I am 100% with you!

  • Dmumit

    Shalom Yael.
    Important message.I’m an Israeli live in California for 50 years. Never lost my love for Israel. My hope to have a unity to have piece. I’m not areligious
    But to have piece in the Middle East it’s the belief we ar all equal.
    I would love to have coffee in New York ❤️💜

  • Katherine Marks

    Dear Yael & Rami
    We are souls passing on the road of life.
    And we share the same dreams & desires
    for peaceful existence for all people.
    My only thought is to have .. “ hope” & “patience”.

  • Judy Yard

    I hope the same thing for both of you and all of us. It’s very difficult when children are taught to hate, whether it’s Israel, Palestine or anywhere it the world.

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