Andalusia as a Model for Peace
I met Sheikh Nasser Darawsha in his hometown of Nazareth a day before three armed Israeli Arab Muslims emerged from the Temple Mount and killed two police officers.
This pleasant and warm person represents the sharpest contrast possible to the Islamic violence played out just a day later. As sheikh of the White Mosque located in Old Nazareth, Darawsha (40), virtually unknown to Israeli Jews, is an important and influential figure among local Arabs. Throughout our conversation, Darawsha insists that his views represent most Muslims living in Israel and the West Bank. But his positions are diametrically opposed to those of most Israeli and Palestinian Arab leaders, whose venomous rhetoric is anything but peaceful. Most Muslims, he tells me, prefer Israeli citizenship or residency. For Palestinians, the prospect…