Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Israel & Hamas

So, a dear friend & Priest posted a link on Facebook to Debunking 5 Israeli Talking Points on Gaza. Unfortunately we are in disagreement over the issue. Haven't replied to him but here's how I would frame my response.

These are all YES or NO questions, no equivocation, no if’s or but’s. How do you respond?

Do you believe that Israel has the right to be an independent entity encompassing the territory it currently controls?

Do you believe ALL (not just some) Palestinians as well as many radical Muslim sects accept that Israel has that right?

Do you believe some of the most radical Palestinians and Muslim sects will be satisfied until the State of Israel and the Jewish people are no longer existent on the earth?

Do you believe that ALL people of God’s creation have the right to self-defense?

Do you believe that wars between tribes, states or nations can be successfully fought cleanly and without collateral damage?

Do you believe that Hamas has tried to wage a battle devoid of collateral damage?

After examining your answers to the above questions, what do you see as a possible settlement or solution to the current Mid-East Crisis? Problems are easily identified; solutions are not so easy to come by.

Much the same as the situation at our Southern Border, as Christians we are called to take a position; but, the Law of Unintendended Consequence always rears its ugly head. Truly solutions to problems in Caesar's world are not as simple as it would first seem.


At 3:54 PM, Blogger rhartmans said...

1 this is two questions yes on first part no on second part
2 no and no
3 no
4 Yes but JC didn't evoke that right
5 no
6 no

You left out some questions
1 Is Palestine an independent State capable of equal action to Israel
2based on your fourth question does Palestine have the right to defend itself
3 Will any power structure in Israel be happy until they control the entire Levant and are free from Palestinians all together

All narrow and loaded questions that don't really get to the heart of the issue: 'who has the power and what are they doing with it?'

I think I appreciate your point of view but it assumes that we are dealing with two states that are disputing who gets to control a geographical region... instead what we are dealing with is a state and a tightly controlled territory both with good and bad elements but only one with any real power. What Israel is/has been/and will continue to do against Palestine is not about defense its about control.

I think the real deplorable issue is the U.S. role in all of this. I think instead of being critical of Israel I should be more critical of us.


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