I am a Lebanese woman born in Europe. I was raised to hate Israel. I even visited the country when I was 14, but only to be told constantly about the harm the Jews did and where doing to the Palestinians.
When I was 18 I travelled to the USA and I met an amazing Israeli girl. As soon as I found out she was Israeli, I immediately started feeling hatred for her, as I had learned. Then we talked for a long time about what it was for her to be an Israeli and about how, like most people, she didn’t care about politics etc. I then understood we were just humans and nothing else mattered. Eventually we spent several days together and it was an unforgetable time. Her name is Hariel. She changed my point of view forever.
Can Israel love Lebanon? Can Lebanon love Israel?