Israel: Possibly one of the most controversial topics there may ever be. Tempers flare and passions rise when the subject comes up. From an outsiders’ point of view, it seems so complicated, yet those who are involved in the conflict will give you one of two seemingly simple answers; Jews have to go or the Palestinians have to go.
The conflict is complicated because it is a combination of history, religion, and politics all mixed up into one. It is easy to see why it is a sore subject.
Living in the Middle East for 10 years, having grown up as a muslim, having Jewish heritage, and having American rebellion in my blood, I was always more than curious about the situation. While on the surface I knew and recited the acceptable social cues, condemning Israel and all Jews as pigs, when it came to the subject, in private, I looked into the matter because what society and my family taught me made no sense.
Why would 6 million Jews put themselves in the worst possible geographic position? How is it that in 6 days this tiny nation could win a war against all odds and in 6 days no less? Also, if this Israeli nation is so evil and so twisted and yet so powerful, why allow any muslims on the Temple Mount? Why don’t they just flatten Gaza? They certainly had the power and the world already stood against them, so in my eyes, they had nothing to lose.
I have seen the liberal rhetoric over Israel and it is terrifying to see children walk away from the truth that their parents taught them to follow this ridiculous path set for them on their ultra liberal college campuses. I was not surprised by an article my sister sent me from patheos.com titled: 5 Reasons Why I’m A Christian Who Stopped Supporting Israel, by Benjamin L. Corey.
The intent of my article is to give this young man the truth from someone who has Islam in their past, Jewish heritage and is a Christian. The Bible does not lack in evidence to point to Christians having to love Israel…From Genesis to Zachariah. There is no argument, God called Israel the apple of his eye, not the Jewish people. That addresses point No. 5 in your article.
On the level of a human being, and with Christianity aside, I will address Points 1-4.
Israel is not a military occupation of Palestine. Palestinians did not live in peace before that. This point made me laugh…a lot. You have not done any research whatsoever, but, regardless here is a little history. Before the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the British occupied that land, and before that it was the Ottoman Empire and before that it was someone else. Jews have lived there for centuries…it never ceased to be occupied for a long period of time since Christ walked the earth. Historically, Jews have lived through this land and managed to survive the Muslim invasion to which the Crusades were deployed to try and defeat and everyone else trying to kill them until the Ottoman Empire. Towards the end of the rule of the Ottoman empire, they set on a vicious “cleaning of the land” where they mass murdered Jews in the Holy Land. This led to a lot of them fleeing. This is not ancient history; the Ottoman Empire didn’t fall apart till about 1922. In 1947, the land was occupied by the British, who decided to use the Balfour Declaration to give the land back to its rightful owners. Even then, with a historical claim and great power behind them, many Jews paid King Abdullah I for the land. (This was later used as an accusation against his family and also used as proof that their support during the 6 day war was to cover up their sale of the land).
- I would also like to point out that one of your links in this point goes to sex trafficking in Malaysia and the other to a video of Israeli soldiers allegedly killing children but I can’t see anything and neither can anyone else.
Israel takes extreme measures to limit civilian losses. They literally drop pamphlets from airplanes saying what their next target is, they call and put out announcements on the radio for civilians to evacuate! Golda Meir said it best “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us”
This was addressed in a previous point; it is all their land. There may have been a few incidents where Jewish settlers attacked Palestinians but these attacks have been condemned by the Prime Minister and the general Israeli public, evident even in the article you sourced. This is contrary to the behavior of the Palestinian government that constantly incites crime and violence against Israel, as recently as the knife intifada. Even aljazeera.net was calling those Palestinians murdering Jews “martyrs.” You miss out on a lot of true Islamic press from them because they modify their articles in English. Maybe you would see it differently if you grew up where the news talks about “great men” that used their wives and children as shields against Israeli attacks…
Christians are persecuted in palestine. Yes. I agree. However, they are more persecuted by the hand of their own ignorance, lack of faith and their muslim neighbors. You see, by not taking citizenship with Israel and siding with muslims, those Christians sealed their own fate. So when Muslims attack Israel and Israel sets up check points that “persecutes”, more like inconveniences, Christians, they brought it on themselves. More importantly, Palestinians will attack Israel and then run and hide in a Christian’s home or in a church. Why? Because if anyone has mastered the use of the media and public relations, it’s the muslim palestinians. They know that the headlines of the next day will not be “Palestinians kill 20 children in a preschool then flee to Church,” but, “Israel burns down church, killed 25 year old boy for no reason.”