I’ve been distressed recently over an ongoing discussion with a Jewish friend over the Arab/Israeli conflict . Respect, Tolerance and Love are needed in the world between peoples of all colours and creeds.I suggested that because the Israeli defence is so good it could afford to concentrate on defence rather than retaliation for a while which would mean many innocent lives saved on the Palestinian side. My friend took that to mean that I was happy for the Palestinians to carry on killing Jews while the Jews didn’t fight back. It isn’t what I mean at all. Fewer Jews by far are killed by the Palestinians because of the defence umbrella they maintain. The more children killed in Palestine the more parents there are to hate Israel and join the extremist Hamas organisation.
Hamas fire their rockets from places like schools and hospitals, trying to hide behind civilians, most of whom are ordinary people, Arabs who do not hate Israel but want a home free of fear and rubble. When Israel fire back trying to hit the Hamas operatives ( who are most probably long gone) they destroy the lives of children who are in the schools, they destroy the lives of the parents who lose children and Palestine loses the chance of an educated child who may be more prepared to help rid the area of the extremists and bring about a lasting peace.
Recently there has been a growing movement inside Israel to bring this conflict to an end. People say “Ah yes, but they’re known left-wingers” which means nothing to me. Does it mean there are no supporters of peace from the right wing side? Personally I find it insulting that people who want peace should be labelled at all and I find it encouraging that this movement appears to be growing in strength. There has to be a way to achieve this peace and I’ve seen photographs this week of Arabs and Jews hugging which leads me to think all is not lost.
It’s all too easy to see Arabs as the ‘Devil’ in all this but we forget that most Arabs are just normal people who want to get on with their daily tasks in peace and don’t feel the hate whipped up by some of the Imams. There are extremists and it’s those we hear about. There are also extremists in the Israeli side as there are in Christian Churches in the West. They are not in the majority, they’re just the most vocal.
So far with our interference we’ve allowed a Government into the Ukraine with large numbers of Right Wing thugs who have targeted Jews. That’s because The original Government was not leaning towards joining the EU. We have created a nightmare situation where the recent shooting down of a plane full of passengers may be the fault of the West. Perhaps if we’d hugged a bit more the Ukraine Government would have changed it’s mind about the EU and the plane would have been safe.
It’s time to stop trying to force other Countries into doing things our way for the sake of their oil but trying to help them , befriend them, charm them and let their own people decide who rules them. Things we see as unpalatable to us will stop when Countries decide to become more civilised or when the people who live there decide enough is enough. It’s their decision. We must just be there with Hugs and friendship and help when asked for.