I am really at a loss of words how some Christians are united with Islam on their views that Israel performs a special type of “evil” on Palestineans. Will anyone ever consider the past ill treatment nations and religions acted upon on the Jews, wheter in dispersion or back in the land of Israel? Instead, a picture is painted in attempt to show how Israel has a baseless hatred of all things non-Israel/Jewish. Nothing could be more false.
BTW, the Jews had more than a “hard time” during the Holocaust, they were facing extinction, you know, another one of those infamous final solution of the Jews.
As for RedSoxWife, I understand you feel sincere about what you said. But I find it hard to believe that your negative view of Israel is the result of your tour guide having a rough time going through security checkpoints. Save me the details, as every U.S. citizen can be subject to this type of treatment in their own airports. Security checkpoints in general can get pretty ugly, because there is alot to look for. Unfortunately, terrorists use all means to sneak into Israel, even tour groups.
How can one take a tour of or take a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and come away with the impression that Israel is trying to “exterminate” everybody like “rodents”? Was taking a tour through the Holy Land like walking through a Nazi concentration camp?
In Israel, a Christian tourist is free to move about to the different holy sites, except for one place. Do you want to guess what that site is? The muslim controlled Temple Mount.
You vaguely point out how Israel “created situations” in Judea and Gaza and then make the specific point that is why terrorism flourishes. Unless you believe Zionism is racist and Jews stole land, the fact is Islam has not gotten over the Jews becoming a nation again in the Jews ancient homeland. They feel Israel’s little sliver of land is too much in all the Muslim nations ranging from North Africa to Iran.
The fact is Israel has Palestinean citizens. The Palestinean State the whole world wishes for will allow absolutely Zero Jews as citizens. Did Israel force and still force Palestineans to live in refugee camps? Do you know the number of Jews who lost life, property, land, and citizenship in Muslim countires when the Israel became a nation again? Do you know Israel took those expelled Jews in as citizens rather than setting up refugee camps for them? Do you know modern Israel is the only nation to bring in black Africans to live as citzens and not slaves? Do you know how many jobs Israel created for the surrounding Arabs to help them build their new country? Will Israelis be allowed to go work in a new Palestinean state? Do you know that if a 2-state solution comes to fruition, those Palestinean refugees cannot be Palestinean citizens, but must go to be Israeli citizens? Why is that? Why wouldn’t the Muslim leaders of Palestine want their own people to live in their own state? Why is it Israel always making good on concessions when the Palestinean leaders made good on NONE of them? I can go on and on, you see what Israel is up against.
I have never heard of anyone who took a tour of the Israel and came away with being “horrified”. Was it all that bad? Im sorry you feel this way.
Please, look at the past history of Jewish suffering, while in the land of Israel and in dispersion. Take note of who did what to them. Then take a look at the situation today, and can you really be surprised when Israel shows disdain?
It is surely horrible to see the death and sufferage of all involved. But the fact is before Israel became a nation again, no one wanted them there, no one blessed the idea of the Jews becoming a nation again. Add to that this ongoing restoration of the people to the land of Israel is prophesied about…
To sum up, the effect of centuries of Jew-hatred is not a pretty thing to witness. And I don’t think the Christian Gospel has any room for agreeing with Islam’s case for hating Israel’s existence.