Thursday, August 18, 2005
I have mixed emotions about the pull out but mostly I think it is a good thing. I feel for the Jewish families that are being displaced, however, there has to be some movement in establishing a Palestinian state.
Israel invaded the Gaza strip some 30 years ago and moved in Jewish settlers to this dominately Palestinian land. That was wrong and now the state of Israel is making it right. Kudos to Ariel Sharon in taking these historic steps.
Now the Palestinians must show that they will end the violence to keep this process moving. They have to compromise on many issues as well. They will not see the eradication of the Jews from Israel and the more Palestinians realize this the sooner more compromise between the two sides can occur.
Watching the news the past few days I have been struck with the stubborn nature of some of these Jewish radicals. It has been a "no-no" in the past to criticize the Israeli Jews in any form or manner but they too hold some responsibility for creating the conditions that have sparked violence in Israel.
It must be pointed out that some Israeli's have created this cloud of entitlement regarding the land around them. That they should not have to compromise because God decread in their scriptures that they should have all of the land.
This is a form of religious extremism that is not too far off Islamic extremism. Followers of the great religions of the world must come to understand that they can not let their beliefs rule their every actions. Peace is blind to any religion. Modern geo-politics should not and can not be ruled by stubborn blindness to ones God in place of anything and anyone else. There should be plenty of room on this planet for everyone without having to kill some or marginalize others.
These are painful compromises that must be taken by both sides to help end the tension and violence.
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