By Rev. Ted Pike
20 Aug 13

Editor's Note:

Israeli/Palestinian peace negotiations went forward last week, despite Israel’s announcement of plans to build thousands of homes in the West Bank. Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel said, “This is just the first course.”

In this reprint of my February 8, 2010 article, I explain why, without the radically different ethics provided by Jesus, these peace talks, like the 120 years of Mideast negotiations that preceded it, are doomed to fail.

Rahm Emmanuel recently told Israel that Pres. Obama is sick of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Obama is disappointed with the evident lack of sincerity on both sides. “This is as intractable a problem as you get…I think that we overestimated our ability to persuade them…[to make peace] when their politics ran contrary to that.”

Although Israel has always postured as amenable to a two-state solution, Israel’s leaders covertly agreed that total expulsion of Arabs from Palestine is the only practical solution to the conflict. Israel’s first premier and architect of the state, David Ben-Gurion, and other Zionist leaders, have publicly confirmed the necessity of exclusion.

Ben-Gurion: “We will expel the Arabs and take their place.” “In each attack, a decisive blow should be struck, resulting in the destruction of homes and the expulsion of the population.” “We shall enter the vacated villages and settle in them.” “We must do everything in our power to ensure that they never return.”

In 1940, Joseph Weitz, director of the Jewish National Fund, the central Zionist organization acquiring land in Palestine, wrote, “It must be clear that there is no room for both peoples in this country…There is no room for compromise on this point.” [1]

The second reason this problem seems impossible to solve is the "hit back" mentality of the two primary groups in Israel. Hamas hits back with suicide bombs and homemade rockets which do nothing but give Israel justification to retaliate. As the Goldstone Report documents, Palestinians are not without blame in the present conflict. Yet strife is just as much perpetuated by Israel’s Talmudic “hit back” mentality – a reflex thousands of years old and manifested by the government of Israel for at least the past 60 years.

Israel and the Palestinians desperately need enlightened ethical intervention that will stop the endless back-and-forth of violence.

How the Mid-East Conflict Began

In 1917, the Arab world was at peace with the West. They despised the ruling Ottoman Turks and admired America, England and France. They eagerly cooperated to defeat the Axis powers, responding to Britain's promise of freedom from the Turks in their own independent Arab state. The Balfour Declaration, which planned a limited homeland for Jews in Palestine, promised such freedom: "… nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine."

What actually happened was that Israel did about everything imaginable to deprive indigenous Palestinians of both land and rights. In the spring of 1948, Jewish Irgun terrorists slaughtered over 100 innocent Palestinians villagers in the sleeping town of Deir Yassin east of Jerusalem. The Zionists went on rampage, murderously terrorizing 800,000 Palestinians, including tradesmen, farmers, and professionals, driving them from hundreds of towns and villages throughout Palestine. Any Arab who returned, attempting to take belongings with him was shot. [2] The Palestinians were forced to settle in shantytown concentration camps and settlements, where hordes of their grandchildren remain today. Israel made the Palestinians its worst enemies. How can these chronically oppressed people view Israel as anything but an enemy? Over 90 years, Israel has proven its real objective is to drive the Arabs from Palestine.

Mandate for Violence

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The promise to Israel already completely fulfilled!

"And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which He sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.

"And the Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that He sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.

"There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass" (Josh. 21:43-45).

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