Letting Go of Hate



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The Middle East is a complicated puzzle

Britain and France took control of the provinces of the Turkish Empire in the Levant and Iraq, and divided up the map, creating territories disunited by any national identity. At the same time, the Zionists were settling in the Palestinian territory, culminating with nationhood for Israel in 1948. Eisenhower had the right idea condemning the joint British, French, and Israeli against Egypt In the 1957 Suez war. In 1967, Israel's success in the 6 Day War led to the disputes over the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights. While in more recent years Israel's continually building settlements for former Eastern European Jews in the West Bank led to an Apartheid situation. Although Israel's aggression here was worthy of condemnation, the Arab states' refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist prologs the stasis. The late U.S. CIA Director Allen Dulles' assertion "The Jews and the Arabs need to settle their disputes like Good Christians," while an awkward malapropism, pointed the way out. Alas, it was not to be. Foreign aid needs to be tied to peace. And of course, American right-wing forces have tried to wreak havoc with their unlimited pro-Israeli stance, so severe that former Israeli PM, in taking aggression against Palestinians, made his first diplomatic call not to the then President Ronald Reagan, but instead to the segregationist moral scold Rev. Jerry Falwell, a slight which left no doubt who was driving American policy in the region.

George Nixon Shuler more than 6 years ago