Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor whose three daughters were accidentally killed by the IDF in January during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize during a recent visit to Belgium.
Speaking to Army Radio on Monday morning, the Tel Hashomer doctor quoted Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, saying he hoped his nomination for the prestigious prize would inspire people: "If you will it, it is no dream."
"The nomination is support for us all, proof that everyone has the possibility to be awarded the prize, that we're all humans and we can all succeed," he went on.
Abuelaish said that during his trip to Europe, he was awarded honorary Belgian citizenship, and given the opportunity to meet with the president of the EU parliament. "It made me happy," he said of the nomination. "The tragedy has been turned into something positive."
He said he saw the prize as something which could be "positive for the two nations… A Nobel Prize for the Israeli nation and the Palestinian nation to herald a new era of peace."
Striking a somber note, Abuelaish added, "There's nothing impossible in this world, apart from the fact that I can't get my girls back."
An IDF investigation carried out in the weeks following the end of the offensive found that the doctor's daughters were killed when his house was accidentally hit by Israeli tank shells on January 16.
Nevertheless, Abuelaish said he was not "looking to blame anyone, but rather to build bridges, and to work to save lives. Despite the pain, I decided to turn it into something positive."