Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It’s Not The Settlements

The Jewish State

An article, by Jeffrey Goldberg, in The Atlantic says what needs be said, and heard: that the latest round of violence initiated once again by the Palestinians in Israel, the so-called stabbing intifada, has its roots in the long-standing belief of the Palestinians that Jews are not entitled to the land of Israel in which they currently reside—the only Jewish state, not only in the Middle East, but in the world.

In the Palestinian narrative, the Jews are not entitled to any part of it. So, forget the two-state solution; how can such an idea exist, let alone come into fruition, when the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel? This is the crux of the problem. The settlement movement, which the current United States government (among previous others) have blamed as the chief cause of “Palestinian frustration,” is a far less important reason than the denial of Israel’s very existence.

In “The Paranoid, Supremacist Roots of the Stabbing Intifada,” (October 16, 2015), Goldberg writes:
One of the tragedies of the settlement movement is that it obscures what might be the actual root cause of the Middle East conflict: the unwillingness of many Muslim Palestinians to accept the notion that Jews are a people who are indigenous to the land Palestinians believe to be exclusively their own, and that the third-holiest site in Islam is also the holiest site of another religion, one whose adherents reject the notion of Muslim supersessionism. The status quo on the Temple Mount is prudent and must remain in place. It saves lives, lives fundamentalist Jewish radicals would risk in order to advance their millennial dreams. But it is the byproduct of the intolerance of Jerusalem’s Muslim leadership.
That the Palestinian narrative, rooted in Muslim supersessionism, has found a willing audience in the West, including among the many political leaders of the U.S. and Europe, is not good for the Jewish People, who, for good and valid reasons, have deep emotional attachment to Israel and what it represents. It looks more like the problems that Israel faces are not so much political as religious. I have little hope that there is now any viable political solution.

Perhaps, the Jewish People ought to pray for a miracle.

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For more, go to [The Atlantic]

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