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.” 
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.
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.  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.
Israel derives its mandate for conquest from a twisted interpretation of God's covenant with Abraham. Modern Israel says unrighteous Jews are entitled to the Holy Land, at any cost. This is false. Scripture repeatedly states that only a nation of holy and obedient Jews can own and occupy God's Holy Land.  This happened under Joshua and Nehemiah, and the Bible says it will occur again when Jews repent at Christ's second coming. Today's premature national return is a counterfeit and not endorsed by God. It lays the foundation for world dominion by the anti-Christ, not Christ.
Strife in the Mideast stems from Israel's loyalty to the Babylonian Talmud, the pseudo-Bible created by the ancient Pharisees and now the official ethical/religious authority for the state of Israel. The Talmud encourages Jews to remind every generation of the atrocities committed against them by Gentiles and Christians. The best way to keep bad things from happening to Jews again is to never forget. An esteemed Talmudic sage advised that if you know your enemy wants to kill you, kill him first! (Jesus said the opposite: The best way to keep your enemy from harming you is to be kind, preferably long before he becomes homicidal.) Israel believes she must continually crush her critics, demonizing them as "anti-Semitic" or they will establish bases of power with one objective: to destroy Israel. Of course, this rationale can be extended as needed beyond Palestine to Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, etc. Conceivably, any nation which strongly criticizes Israel might be seen as a threat worthy of attack.
Tragically, Israel-first evangelical Christians imbibe raw Israeli propaganda from the Jewish-dominated American big media as well as evangelical sources such as WorldNetDaily and Trinity Broadcasting Network. (See Jews Confirm Big Media Is Jewish). They agree with Israel's values. Denying the genius of Jesus’ ethics, they say Israel is absolutely correct in holding to its Talmudic responses.
Yet if evangelicals truly are friends of Israel, they must inform Israel that her reflexes are woefully misguided. Christians need to tell Israel that her "hit back" mentality, not the Palestinians, is her greatest national problem. It's time for Israel to do what is right, not what is misguidedly considered necessary.
Here’s my proposal: A special Knesset commission should begin an in-depth study of how turning the other cheek (feeding your enemy, covering him with the proverbial “cloak” of mercy and kindness, going the “extra mile” of deference and accommodation) might at last procure peace. Israel must admit her crimes of violent expropriation of 800,000 Palestinians in 1948 and exile of their descendants to concentration camps. Although it may not be possible to restore Arabs to their property, Israel should do everything in its power to make amends. This would include massive financial, economic, humanitarian, legal, and educational encouragement to Palestinians in the occupied territories. The intent would be to help create a prosperous state for Palestinians in place of the homeland Israel stole.
Although Palestinians would be intensely suspicious at first, if Israel were to actively apply the Golden Rule to all relations with the Arab world, there is little doubt it would enormously ease, if not solve, Mideast tensions. It would also diminish the by-product of Israel's oppression: international Arab terrorism. If this doesn’t happen and the conflict persists under failed principles, it will only continue to hemorrhage respect for Israel from the nations. It will heighten the volatility of the entire Mideast - especially as Zionist groups now clamor for US involvement in attack on Iran - yet another futile attempt to make the Mideast safe for Israel.
But will Christians recommend the ethics of Jesus to Israel? Might Israel respond favorably?
Of course not.
Israel-first evangelicals like Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, and Jewish Zionists like Netanyahu, want one thing: Arabs out of Palestine and control by Israel of all lands promised the nation under Joshua—from Egypt to Lebanon and from Sinai to Syria. To accomplish this they advocate filling the Occupied Territories with even more illegal Jewish homes, further confiscating Arabs' lands and driving them out.
The bizarre and sobering reality is that Christian and Jewish fundamentalists view two-state harmony between Arabs and Jews as a desecration of God's Holy Land! This is why the Mideast dilemma remains "as intractable a problem as you get."
The last thing Christian and Jewish Zionists want is for Jews and Arabs in Palestine to live happily ever after.
These statements by Zionist leaders, reflected in many terrorist acts against the Palestinians in 1948, are found in the Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, p. 261-66. Edited by Palestinian barrister and diplomat Dr. Issa Nakhleh, it is available in most university libraries. The above source quotes Ze’ev Schiff, the leading military authority of Ha’aretz, saying Deir Yassin “caused masses of Arabs to flee in fear of further atrocities…As the story of the massacre spread among the Arabs, it gathered gruesome detail…” (p. 255) The encyclopedia says, “Massacre, murder, rape, robbery, death and destruction propelled the Palestinians from their homeland. Even Zionist soldiers themselves admit to these unspeakable crimes, for example, in the village of Duwayma in the Hebron district: ‘They killed some 80 to 100 Arabs, women and children. The children were killed by smashing their skulls with clubs…In the village there remained Arab men and women who were put in the houses without food. Then the sappers came to blow up the houses.’ One of the survivors of the massacre, Hassan Mahmud Hodeib, said that on 28 and 29 October 1948, 20 tanks from Moshe Dayan’s 89 th battalion surrounded the village and committed mass murder against its civilian inhabitants. Among the victims were 75 elderly people who took refuge in a mosque. Members of 35 families were found hiding in a cave and were machine-gunned. The Israeli newspaper Hadashot confirmed the massacre when its correspondent Yoalla Haarshefi uncovered skeletons in a cistern near the village 36 years later in 1984.”
God's conditional terms for Jewish occupation of Palestine include: Lev. 18:28, 26:27-46; Num. 14:23; Deut. 4:26-27, 6:18, 7:12, 8:21, 25, 37, 41, 63, 64, 28:56-64, 29:28, 31:3, 18; Ezek. 13:9; Jer. 7:15, 29:13.
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