Peace in the Middle East? Is it even possible? As you know if you are a religious person from reading the Bible you have a sense of what has been going on in the Middle East for thousands of years. The UN’s decision to create the Israeli state after World War II in 1948 is part of the problem that has led to continuous violence in the Middle East. Displacing the Palestinians when Israel was given statehood was not a good idea, granted Palestine was not a recognized state but you still cannot deny that people where living in what is current day Israel and these people were the Palestinians. A couple facts that I want to share with you. At the turn of the century the Jewish population in Israel was about 60k compared to 730k Arabs. With the advent of Israel the population stands today at 3.5 million Jews and 3.2 million Arabs. So the Palestinians feel like they are being pushed out. The fact that most Arabs are Muslims, practioners of Islam and most Jews are of the Jewish faith creates a further divide amongst the groups. And the biggest thing I think is the United States constant meddling in the affairs of others has created this problem. Prior to Israel being granted statehood in 1948 the stream of Jews to the region had been increasing, the Aliyah or “immigration of Jews to Israel” picked up during the first and second World War due to the persecution of Jews in Europe. Both Jews and Arabs trace there lineage back to Abraham of the Bible who’s two sons Ishmael and Isaac became the divergent paths of two groups who really are cousins. Isaac the father of the Jewish faith and Ishmael the father of the faith of Islam. Now both groups look to this passage in Genesis
Genesis: ch 12: v 7: And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
So the fact that Abram or Abrahams seed was Isaac and Ishmael, which seed was the land for? Followers of Islam say Ishmael the firstborn son. Well as a Christian, someone who believes in Christ and the salvation he afforded us and all who come to the Lord through him we place our faith in the Bible and believe that the divine lineage of Christ was through the Jewish descendants or children of Isaac. And that is where the problem persists. Now how do you tell a group of people that there religion is wrong and yours or another groups is right, you can’t. There’s a saying “Don’t talk Politics or Religion” nothing gets people more riled up then those two topics and really to me you could remove politics and simply say religion. So as the US backs Israel we create new enemies everyday in people based on religious background. What is the answer?