(photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

(photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

By Quora Contributor - October 30, 2016

Originally appeared here in Newsweek 

What should the world know about Israel? This question really is the main inspiration behind our new publication, The Desert and the Cities Sing: Discovering Today’s Israel. Israel is, like the United States, so much more than what we read about in the headlines, more than its politics, and to take it further: it is even more than its religion and history. It is a country in forward motion, with extraordinary levels of innovation and creativity helping it to move into the future.

It is also a place with many pockets of peacefulness and, we believe, a majority of people who want peace for themselves and for their children and grandchildren. As we researched for our project, we met with people from every sector and background—scientists, artists, educators, farmers, chefs, business leaders, humanitarian-aid workers—who all expressed a desire for peace and a willingness to work toward it. Read More