Rami Almeghari writing from the occupied Gaza Strip, Live from Palestine, 27 December 2008
|Palestinians inspect the site of an Israeli air strike in the town of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 27 December 2008. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)|
Shabbat Shalom! "Peaceful Saturday." I don't believe that Israeli leaders appreciate the meaning of this Hebrew greeting given at the start of the weekly Jewish day of rest. No more "Shabbat Shalom," as on Saturday, 27 December 2008, just a few days before the start of a new year, Israeli warplanes dropped bombs on different parts of the Gaza Strip.
Update: I'm watching the Twitter Feed for Gaza live this morning, and trying to comprehend a complex but horrible situation. One that goes back 2,500 years or more. Let me go a little spiritual this morning, it is Sunday.
First, we know that Israel are God's chosen people. Not because they follow Christ, no in fact they spit on him and had him cruxified ... no, they are chosen because God decided he wanted to choose them, and doesn't need our approval to do what he wants. By the way, there are a lot of Christians in Palestine and they are really confused by Americans who support Israel's socialist brand of democracy over Palestinian.
Second, we know that the forces aligned against God want Israel and Jews destroyed or neutered to the point that they really aren't even Jewish any longer. Secular humanism and communism did part of the job by turning most Jews into non-practicing securlarists. Hitler did some more of the job by just plain murdering. Muslims have vowed to continue this assault and want Israel pushed into the sea and destroyed.
Third, the battle with Palesinians goes back for centuries, with both people groups claiming to have been there first or longer. The truth is, they were both there for a long long time and there's not going to be an easy answer.
Fourth, if both people's want to be countries, so be it. Palestine should pack up the Hamas terrorists and affilitated mobsters and send them packing to ruin another country. They should agree to sovereingty and work out a solution that allows Israel and Palestine to co-exist next door as neighbors and friends and trading partners and perhaps even one day as allies. Wouldn't that just frost the Arab and Muslim fanatics that have been using the Palestinians as a wedge issue for 50 years, if Palestinians allied and traded and worked alongside Israelis.
Fifth, one day this peace will be secured and guaranteed by 10 nations. We may not know when that happens, it may be in secret. But we do know that things are going to get very crazy soon thereafter.