My familiarity with Israel is not new, as I have traveled there many times and explored many areas of this beautiful country that makes me feel whole. I was lucky enough to travel to Israel and the West Bank with IPF Atid, the young professionals network of the Israel Policy Forum,during my latest visit last month and spend a week with a group of fifteen highly diverse and intelligent Jewish and non-Jewish leaders with two common goals in mind: advocating for a two-state solution and securing Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. I knew that to advocate for a Palestinian State to exist next to the Jewish State I had to hear every narrative and story on the spectrum. I knew that I had to leave my biases at home and just listen. I left for Israel hoping to come back with a better understanding of every person’s story.

This article was originally published in the Washington Jewish Week