Monday, March 9, 2009

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

I read a lot of anguished cries about how the Palestinians are being persecuted by big, bad Israel. These cries for peace, mostly from leftists, don’t recognize the realities on the ground, and the realities of history. While they give passing acknowledgement that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, they feel the 1967 “occupation” of Palestinian lands is illegal, and that the Israeli response to continued rocket attacks on its territory is disproportionate and excessive. Let get a few things straight:

(1) The goal of the Palestinian leadership and terrorist organizations is to eliminate and exterminate the Jewish state. That has been their goal since 1948, and continues to this day.

(2) The Arabs started the 1967 war, and Israel won. Why should they give the land back? There are no do-overs in world conflicts.

(3) Israel isn’t the aggressor, the Palestinians and Arab terrorist organizations are. Israel wants nothing more than to live in peace with its neighbors.

(4) Peace would be at hand immediately if the Palestinians would stop their rocket attacks and any other terrorist actions. But the Arabs will have none of that, as we’ve seen time and time again.

The bottom line is that the Palestinian and Arab terrorists care nothing about their people, and having cities and towns destroyed by the Israeli retaliations feeds into their propaganda efforts. Unfortunately the naïve people on the left buy into this propaganda and become unwitting tools of the Arab terrorist organizations.

Stop the rocket attacks and Israel will stop retaliating. It’s that simple. If the world community, and especially the Arab states, would put pressure on the Palestinian leadership and other terrorist organizations to stop this foolishness and make peace, the Middle East would become an oasis of peace and tranquility, and the unfortunate civilians on both sides could finally live their lives without fear.

Unfortunately peace in the Middle East won’t come until Christ returns, I’m convinced, but let’s pray for it anyway. Who knows, maybe God will intervene in some miraculous way and mitigate the suffering in that part of the world.

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