Over the weekend, The Temple, Atlanta’s “oldest and most progressive synagogue,” according to a Newsweek article, was holding worship services as usual on Saturday morning. But fellow Jews back home in Israel were once again battling for their lives in attacks that began on Thursday by Palestinian militants.
Israel and Palestine have been at odds with one another for decades, so the latest bombings bring little surprise to the rest of the observing world, for the most part. The two warring factions’ continued conflict — based upon the Palestinian people wanting their land back — continues to be the dividing factor that prompted the Hamas-controlled Palestinian area to attack Israel, unprovoked, yet again on Thursday.
As Jews in Georgia and the rest of the United States pray for their brethern back home in the Holy Land, some of their stateside Christian brethren are taking steps never seen before; Some Israelis are worshiping together with Arabs and they’re doing it in Georgia.
As Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs continue to fight one another in the Middle East, their Christian counterparts in the United States have long since laid down arms and found the way to a peaceful coexistence. But can their Middle Eastern counterparts do the same?
Jerusaleum and the Gaza Strip: Whose land is it?
No matter which side of the ideological fence you straddle in the Middle East issue — for or against Israel or Palestine — historical facts support that the Jews occupied Jerusaleum and surrounding areas long before the Palestinian people came into existence.
In fact, recent archeological discoveries — including that of a menorah dating 66 AD (a Jewish candle holder used in their worship ceremony) — was recently discovered in the Holy Land, further substantiating their claim to the land they live upon.
This, along with so much other historical data and discoveries, essentially makes the Palestinian’s argument for getting their land back from Israel a demand built on an erroneous foundation for which they have no legitimate claim. But that doesn’t stop the continued unprovoked attacks against Israel, obviously, as we saw last Thursday, when innocent Israelis were killed by rocket fire.
Palestine says they are the victims
According to Naples News, however, it is the Palestinian people who feel they are the victim in the battle against Israel, despite their willingness to provoke their enemy without cause, as they did last week. The Palestinians want control of Israel and Palestine and to make both locations into one nation state, wiping Israel literally and figuratively off the world map. No peaceful coexistence for them, they say.
As Palestine seeks to become officially recognized by the United Nations as a State next month, it appears they have bought into the erroneous mindset that attacking Israel is the way to garner national recognition and sympathy for their cause. They think Israel must lose for them to win, hence the unprovoked attack by Palestinian militants last week on innocent Israeli civilians.
But Palestine has now brought Egypt into their conflict with Israel, seeking to diminish Israel’s relationship with one of its few Middle East allies now that Hosni Mubarak is no longer in power.
Egypt brought into the battle
Israel and Egypt have long enjoyed a peaceful relationship since before Hosni Mubarak came into power, actually. But that changed when the Muslim Brotherhood took over a dominating role in Egypt. The Brotherhood is essentially the bedrock of the Hamas terrorist organization currently controlling Gaza, where the conflict between Israel and Palestine keeps growing.
The border security between the two countries of Israel and Egypt suffered during the change of Egypt’s leadership, leading eventually to the ability of Hamas and other militant terrorist organization in the Middle East and Gaza area to get rocket weapons closer to Israel’s Beersheba, where Thursday’s attacks took place.
As Israel defended herself and her citizens against the unprovoked Palestinan attack, Egyptian soldiers were caught in the crossfire, with three mortally wounded, according to CNN.
Egypt demands apology
Rather than Palestine apologizing or being taken to task worldwide for their unprovoked attacks on Israel — and the subsequent loss of life to Egyptian soldiers as a result — it was Israel that the new Egyptian leadership demanded an apology of last week.
Israel, regretting the death of soldiers of one of their few allies in the Middle East, was quick to give one despite the fact that soldier death is sometimes a casualty of war, especially in a war with militants like those who were attacking them.
But now, CNN reports that Egypt says an apology is not enough. And as of Monday morning, arms that were supposedly laid down in a truce by Palestine on Sunday have now been taken up again against Israel.
Will Israel and Palestine ever find the peace enjoyed by the Christian Israelis and Arabs witnessed recently in Georgia in Roswell? If you asked the editor of the Christian Index, Dr. Gerald Harris, you would get this response, “Anything is possible with Christ.”
(www.examiner.com / 22.08.2011)