My article, “Time for Israel to Take the High Road” (American Chronicle, 4-1-07) has attracted numerous comments. These comments can give a clue as to why peace in the Middle East is not an easy feat to achieve.
One would think from the statements that follow and more that I received on my blog, that we are talking about two separate corners of the globe. Depending upon the faith or nationality of the commentators, two totally separate histories arose concerning the birth of Israel and why tensions exist between the Arabs and the Jews. There is no question that deep seated animosities exist between these peoples. The questions for the rest of the world are, “How do we overcome such deeply rooted feelings? How do we bridge the gap between such divergent views of history?” Read the following emails that I received. I have left the writers names out but their point of view is evident.
“You must be referring to Israeli Terrorism and Power hungry Politicians, I am quite curious why you Christians are unable to accept the History of the Zionist occupation of Palestine, if you will but examine the facts, there is no denying that the occupation of Palestine was not ordained by God , but by the Brits, Germans, and U. S. , financed by Jewish bankers supported by the U. S Military and paid for by the American Taxpayer. Which I must say is a high price to pay for Genocide and ethnic cleansing in the name of God. But then again, according to your own Mythology, when the Jews return to Jerusalem then Jesus returns, perfect fit. When until recently the Jews were your enemy after all they crucified your Man. This kind of Hypocrisy is unbelievable, since both Jews and Palestinians are of the same Mythological Father Abraham. And by the way your present day Jews Are converted Jews not Hebrew which are Semitic and account for about 10% of the World Jewish population, the rest are Euro-Jews or Ashkenazim. But I agree the Israel must take the high road or it will definitely invalidate your entire belief system that one must abide by the “Golden Rule”, that golden rule is not just for Jews and Christians, Goyums or Infidels, it’s for everyone. ”
“There are two Arab requirements that make the plan impossible.
1) It requires giving away Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the spiritual and emotional center of Israel. This plan is a non-starter and the Arabs know it.
2) The right of return means that Israel will accept as citizens a number of people greater than the current population who are currently trying to kill them. This would be suicide.
There is also no reason to believe that the Arabs currently shooting at Israel will abide by any peace proposal short of the elimination of Israel.
The “peace” plan is a publicity stunt designed to hoodwink the western press. And apparently, it’s succeeded. ”
These two emails represent a common thread that indicates that opinion is fixed and not subject to easy change. What is uncertain is whether these ideas represent the majority or the fringe. Fundamentalists tend to be more vocal in their opinions. If they are indicative of mainstream thought, the road to peace in the Middle East may continue to be a dead end. Where is the middle ground in these divergent views? Are we destined to dealing with never ending conflict until such time as either side decides to use unspeakable weapons to implement a “final solution?” I am not sure that the world has the luxury of letting this go on and on. But, with these views, is there any wonder why there is no peace in the Middle East?
Mr. Harris was born in Massachusetts. He attended The American University in Washington, D. C. and received his degree in Political Science. His graduate work was done at the University of Northern Colorado and Howard University. While in D. C. , he spent several years working for local and regional government agencies. Upon moving to Maine he worked with three governors and served as the Assistant Director of the Maine State Planning Office. He worked on a White House Task Force for the development of a National Rural Policy and later served as Rural Policy Coordinator at the Federal Regional Council of New England. He has worked on gubernatorial and senatorial political campaigns and currently works in Special Education.
Mr. Harris is co-author of the novel WAKING GOD and is a nationally syndicated and featured writer for The American Chronicle. He is working on Book II of the Waking God trilogy and writing features for literary E-zines. His second novel, A MAINE CHRISTMAS CAROL has been released by Cambridge Books. Contributing writer for UPI's Religion&Spirituality web site.