The security at the Knesset is tight. We arrived and started taking photos, but stepped too close to the glass from the outside, and a guy with a submachine gun physically pulled my husband backward.
The Arab students arrived as a group. They were clearly distinguishable as Arabs even though their clothes were Western-looking. This group was mostly teenage boys. And they looked angry.
I recalled seeing the Arab girls at the Jewish museum and they did not seem angry. But they were distinct and not part of an integrated group of Jews and Muslims.
I thought to myself, if I were visiting an Arab country, I would be shocked if they gave Jews full citizenship. It doesn't happen in this part of the world. When we Jews lived in Muslim countries, we were formally second class citizens, and it was clear.
To me, it is more offensive to Muslims to pretend that this state is anything but Jewish.
It seems to me — the Jewish idea of coexistence is a really noble one. But it doesn't make sense if you don't first take history, religion and culture all into account.
Going back to coexistence. The Israeli mindset is very intellectual. It's also about creativity and possibility. I think this is how they rationalize things that don't make common sense.
Artistically they are very into love. They have a love for humanity here. I think they wish things could be different than they are.
All the art is from the Israel Museum.
There was other stuff from today too. We got ripped off by a cabdriver.