- First Published April 25, 2013 under the title: Peace in the Middle East Starts in the Heart
A month or so ago I received and angry, abusive, accusatory message from a Muslim convert about my articles, and other peoples articles published at Kingscalendar (and at Magic City) supporting Israel rather than the poor Palestinians. Amongst other things I was accused of not caring about the sufferings of the Palestinian people. Within my reply was the following section on the issue of Palestinian suffering which I share because often, those whose hearts bleed the most for the poor Palestinians deliberately* turn a blind eye to the realities of Palestinian life on the ground where Palestinians live. I wrote:
I do want to disagree with you on a point though. You say I don't support Palestinian victims but I have written plenty on that score. I really feel bad for people like those journalists and private citizens who recently got into heaps of trouble for daring to publish anti-Hamas propaganda on their facebook accounts, and of course I feel sorry for all those newspaper people who have had their offices trashed because they dared to question the financial transparency of Hamas.
I likewise feel sorry for all those Hamas folk who have been arrested and/or hurt by Egyptian forces while the Egyptians were destroying their tunnels under the closed Egypt/Gaza border, and I certainly do feel sorry for those who volunteer to be human shields so that when Israel retaliates for some rocket strike they will be killed.
I also feel sorry for all those Palestinians who have to travel to work in Israel, because they must daily go through the various checkpoints that were set up to prevent all those nut cases who like to transport bombs on their persons so as to kill kids on their way to school and such.
I also feel sorry for all of those Palestinians who are kept in refugee camps when they could easily slot into the rest of Palestinian or Jordanian society (although Jordan I believe recently and finally granted citizenship to thousands of Palestinians living on the lands which Jordan annexed in the 1948 – or was it '67?.
I did not bother mentioning Israeli suffering because it is of no consequence to my accuser since from the Muslim perspective there can be no justification for the existence of the State of Israel. However what I did do - I hope - was to make it clear that much of Palestinian suffering is directly connected to the political agenda of Palestinian leaders. Palestinians MUST suffer if the world is to have sufficient sympathy to reward the political aspirations of the Palestinian leaders.
In a recent article by Caroline B. Glick (first published at Jerusalem Post) titled: "Israel: The happy little country", she made the following comments:
A recent survey carried out by the OECD ... ranks Israelis among the happiest people in the world. The ranking made no sense to commentators.
Just around the time we began extricating ourselves from our socialist straitjacket, we were also recognizing that the peace thing wasn't everything it was cracked up to be. And at that point we began to understand that happiness and success aren't about what other people give you -- money, treaties, a phone line after a five-year wait. Happiness and success are about what you accomplish.
These comments formed just a small side issue in a larger picture, and I wish that M/S Glick had actually delved further into the issue of Israeli incomprehensible happiness. I of course am no expert on these matters, but I would like to hazard a guess that behind Israeli happiness lies a subconscious if not actually conscious realization, that their country's mere existence, defying logic as it does, demonstrates that ultimate control over their lives has nothing to do with their government, with the United States, the European Union, the Arab World or the Palestinians. Ultimately, their existence is living proof that HE who scattered them across the face of the earth 2000 years ago has in fact called them home. (And I believe that idea is the fundamental cause for both Muslim angst and the blatant anti-Semitism of the 'anti-God' culturally Marxist, politically correct, activist agendas.)
Like the Palestinians, Israelis have suffered. They live daily in the knowledge that they have survived the Muslim World's several attempts to annihilate them, that the European world longs to see them wiped off the map, that Hamas has repeatedly stated** that there can be no lasting peace with Israel, and that in addition to terrorist bombings which could occur at any time, Iran has openly stated its desire to wipe them out. They live daily in the knowledge that it might be their last day. And yet they are happy and prospering.
Palestinian suffering on the other hand, continues no matter what happens and how much support they receive from the United Nations, the European Union and the Arab countries. The Palestinian Leadership dream of Nirvana is for their people (not they themselves) to be martyred for the cause and fly up to Allah. The Jewish dream is to turn Israel into a land flowing with milk and honey, and to enjoy the fatness thereof. Their dream is not to survive, but to LIVE AND PROSPER. Israelis don't dream of migrating to the US.
Whether an Israeli is religious or not, they have a national history and a connection to the land of Israel, and after 2000 years of waiting for the call to return, they did. For thousands of years the nations of the world have sought to destroy them, and yet they are still here - just as the prophets promised. They know that tomorrow they may die, but as for today - they are determined to be happy and prosper because: "Happiness and success are about what you accomplish".
* For some people the 'blind eye' is deliberate. For many they are so brainwashed that they simply can't see the contradictions. My accuser accused me of being brainwashed and I replied: You wrote: "Maybe one day you will realise how brainwashed you are!" The statement is a contradiction! A brainwashed or deceived person CANNOT 'wake up'. The nature of brainwashing is to instill preprogrammed responses. The nature of deception is such that both the totally RIGHT and totally DECEIVED think that they are right and will never consider for a moment that they could be wrong.
(I believe that when one cannot consider the possiblity that they are wrong, then they most likely are wrong!)
** (Re: Hamas) I don't just trust what Westerners write in the press, I have also learned to trust Hamas and what they say. Stupid western types constantly harp on about what will and will not lead to peace but Hamas has never ever wavered in its stance on this issue. They have repeatedly and truthfully explained their position to the world. They have said over and over and over again that there can never be peace with Israel and that they reject a two state solution. I believe them and I admire their honesty. (From a separate Section of my reply.)
Also worth a read:
Putting Women and Gays in their place
by R.P. BenDedek
April 25, 2013
- The Western World is asleep or otherwise so preoccupied with its politically correct agendas, that it doesn't see the forest for the trees. Islam today, is like the Christianity of the Middle Ages - determined by hook or by crook to convert the world, and like the Roman Catholic Church of old, is full of people whose 'method of conversion choice' is the sword (or in our case - terrorism).
Who and What are we? - Time for Reflection
by R.P. BenDedek
January 26, 2013
- Marxists believe that the existing society must be destroyed in order to successfully establish the new order. They believe that society, like the Phoenix must die so that out of the ashes can rise the new Phoenix. I don't think that they realize that it is the same bird that rises, not one with a new design. Cultural Marxists pay no attention to the lessons of history, and it is we who will suffer because of it. We must begin to question what we have been taught. We must begin to see where our societies are headed. And most importantly, we must stop being bystanders who believe that there is nothing that they can do.
R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (http://www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.
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"The King's Calendar" is a chronological study of the historical books of the Bible (Kings and Chronicles), Josephus, Seder Olam Rabbah, and the (Essene) Damascus Document of The Dead Sea Scrolls.