Cover Story Fortress Israel: Can people make peace when they don’t talk?

As Israelis grow skeptical about achieving peace, they have walled themselves off from their Arab neighbors. 

By , Staff writer

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Linda Casher moved to this Israeli collective near the Gaza Strip as a young American woman in the 1970s, she would often mingle with Palestinians at outdoor markets amid the mounds of pomegranates and rows of hanging chickens. She would hitchhike alongside Palestinian workers waiting for minibuses, and she even welcomed Palestinian women from Gaza to her kibbutz, Yad Mordechai, which has a tradition of supporting initiatives that encourage coexistence.