A few months ago, I was in a crowded supermarket in Tel Aviv, trying to find a decent bread loaf.
My stomach was full of the familiar, familiar flavor of flour and sugar, and I had to get it to the counter.
I felt like a kid in a candy store.
I was just desperate for something that would satisfy my hunger.
But this bread loaf was a rare, delicious treat.
The dough was warm, the flavor was fresh and the bread was crispy.
I could taste the saltiness of the yeast, the sweetness of the nutmeg and the brown sugar.
The bread was fresh enough to eat without fear of breaking apart.
I had just spent an hour and a half trying to make a loaf of this bread that is still so good.
For the first time, I felt good and secure.
I realized that the problem with breads is that they are so easy to make.
I started to feel like I had a lot to learn.
I looked around, I started asking people around me what I should be doing with my life.
There was nothing.
They just kept telling me to do something.
But I could not find any answers.
The people around are really nice, but the world is a very hard place for people who are living in the West Bank.
They are afraid of the Palestinians.
There is a great difference between being afraid and being angry.
And it’s not easy to feel secure when you are so far away from people who love you.
I finally understood why people in the U.S., including me, are so anxious about the future of the two-state solution.
But the reality is that I do not know what I will do in my life in the next five years.
I do know that I am not going to be able to be as open as I would like to be.
I have no idea what I am going to do with my time.
And the answer is that, no matter what I do in the future, I will always be in the Palestinian territory.
I will be here, in the occupation, in a prison, in solitary confinement.
It is so frustrating that I can’t just be happy to be here.
When I think about it, the whole world knows this.
I am the one who is going to keep pushing the United States to do everything that is possible to bring peace and justice to the Middle East.
I can be happy with the fact that I live in the occupied territories, and that is what I want.
But what I really want is to be happy.
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