I write this in Jerusalem as I hear siren after siren scream past my window and reports of violence in the streets. To all those of any race, religion, or ideology here in Israel and Jerusalem, who think revenge is somehow going to assuage or solve their problems, listen to this message from Robert Kennedy. He said it on April 4, 1968 to a to a crowd of Americans both black and white as he told them that Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated.
Forty-four years later, we here in Israel are also faced with the murder of those whom we love, the desire for revenge, and are being called to ‘go beyond’. Here is the full speech: