Diaries of Hope and Hate

FIVE DAYS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

As the Middle East ricocheted last week from dreams of peace to the possibility of renewed--and perhaps even more widespread--violence, TIME asked a number of people living amid the turmoil to keep daily diaries. The reports--gathered by TIME's Jerusalem bureau chief Matt Rees and Jerusalem reporters Jamil Hamad and Aharon Klein--tell the tale of people struggling to adjust in the face of a collapsing world. Some greet the new chaos with resignation, others with a fervent, steely passion to win what they feel their people deserve. All the entries are tinged with sadness. The week began with a hurried summit in...