Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
Blog Number 8
March 25, 2019
Donald, Israel and The Golan Heights
Just a few days ago, Donald Trump announced his belief that it is time for the United States to recognize Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights. This piece of land was seized from the nation of Syria following the 1967 six-day war. Israel’s occupation of this land is still condemned by much of the international community, including the United Nations and has been the source of much friction between the Israel and its Arab neighbors. Donald justified his suggestion of Israeli Sovereignty by claiming that it would add to the security of Israel. I wonder if that is true.
I am all for the security of the state of Israel. Yet it seems to me that the best security that Israel can have comes from friendly relationships with neighbors. Expansionism is never a good way to incur the good wishes of neighbors. We can see this expansionistic drive continually on the West Bank where whole communities have been driven out of ancestral homes so that Israeli settlers can seize vacant land. I can’t help but wonder if Israel’s neighbors might be more likely to live in peace if Israel stops expanding.
The land occupied by Israel and Palestine was promised to Abraham and his descendants. These off-spring include the children of Abrahams first son, Ishmael. The promise of this land was not to Isaac’s family, but Abraham’s. I do hope that the sons and daughters of each of these patriarchs will someday learn this, respect this, and share land without encroaching on the other.
Our nation, encouraging Israeli expansion, will not help make Ishmael’s children transform into being good neighbors who seek the peace of Israel.
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