Go over here to read an interesting article about Jewish-Catholic relations, written from a Jewish perspective.
"Was I wrong at that moment to believe it's at last possible to cast off centuries of mistrust, misunderstanding and religious intolerance?
What went through my mind?
I heard the past speaking to me. I don't know how it was possible for time to become so compressed that in those few moments, I could clearly make out so many conversations in my mind, all of them vying for my attention, all of them claiming my conviction. Some were filled with anger. Some were disbelieving. Some advised caution. Some were overcome with joyous emotion. All were battling for my agreement. It was simply too difficult for me to decide, too momentous a moment for me to come to any conclusion.
But with all the voices fighting to be heard within me one seemed most recognizable. I could swear that in the Vatican itself I heard my father, of blessed memory, whisper in my ear," Perhaps. Perhaps."
As someone who grew up in a country with a Jewish majority, and didn't personally know anyone of a different faith until I went to university, I find such writings very informative. Even as a secular Jew, I always lived in a Jewish country and that was normal for me, but for my ancestors, their scattered Jewish communities were like unstable little boats in a vast ocean of a non-Jewish world. Everyone around them had different beliefs, celebrated different holidays and lived by a different calendar.
On a larger scale, though, modern Israel is still like a tiny boat in a sea of non-Jewish and many times hostile countries. We will always be a minority, and that's the way it's supposed to be. We will never be liked or supported by all or even most nations of the world. But it doesn't mean peaceful dialogue, aimed at better understanding, should cease to exist.