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Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine


On my recent trip to Israel and Palestine, I read a book by Julie Orringer. In the beginning of The Invisible Bridge, the main character, Andras, expresses doubts about his ability to fulfill the expectations placed upon him as he embarks to study in Paris on a scholarship. He speaks to his father about his doubt. Orringer writes, "At best, he told his father, he was the beneficiary of misplaced faith; at worst, a simple fraud." He asks his father, "And what if I fail?'' His father's answer is succinct: "Ah! Then you'll have a story to tell!"

RobynHerself's picture

Ezekiel 47:21- 23

21 “You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the foreigners residing among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. 23 In whatever tribe a foreigner resides, there you are to give them their inheritance,” declares the Sovereign LORD.

kcktmc's picture

Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine

It is obvious this is a bias attempt at painting Israel the bad country. If you read the Word from beginning to end.. you will see which side God is on. "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you." If you wish to side against Israel.. I question your fundamental faith.

RobynHerself's picture

bless those who bless you

God made that promise to Abraham? Isn't it possible the Palestinians are also Abraham's descendents?

mgspan's picture

On being a fraud

I really appreciate the desire of the author to be on the side of social justice and all, but the real fraud here is in pretending that all the evil is coming from the Israeli side of things.

Factually, the 1949 line was not the line that Israel agreed to...it was an armistice line left over from a war that never really ended. Neither side agreed to it as a border. It is hard for me to see what principle of justice there is in insisting that the Israelis have to honor a border that the Palestinians themselves have never accepted.

It is true that there are injustices to the Palestianians created by the wall. It is also true that the wall has saved the lives of 1000's of would be Israeli victims of Palestinian terror, and prevented hundreds of thousands of acts of theft and property damage, all to some extent sponsored or condoned by the Palestinian authority. How does one seek the true justice where we Israelis can protect ourselves, and yet honor the rights of the Palestinians, who for the most part do not hate us?

Part of the answer is certainly in protesting the injustices. But part of the answer is in the Palestinians themselves taking responsibility for their actions towards Israel. To the extent that they will act in peace towards us, they will only gain good will in return.