Rachel Fraenkel, a mother from Israel, said: I promise the Palestinian parents all we want is to live in peace, and raise our children without threats of missiles or tunnels under our communities ... Maybe we can teach our children that we want to live in peace."
Fraenkel's son, Naftali, was among three Jewish teens kidnapped and killed on the way home from school in the West Bank last month. Israel blamed Hamas. Later, a Palestinian teen was killed in what Israel calls a revenge attack.
With children on both sides under fire, I'm grateful for Fraenkel's courage to speak out. A mother could make the best diplomat, because she knows peace is the most powerful way to protect children.
Kofi Annan of Ghana, winner of a Nobel Peace Prize and a U.N. diplomat, believes children deserve our best efforts.
Annan writes: "There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace."
If all people could see the Middle East crisis through a mother's eyes, there's no doubt we could make an enduring pact of peace.