Israel and Palestine around the Blogosphere

My recent post on the connection between certain kinds of end-times expectation and ongoing crises in the Middle East generated some discussion. Here are links to some things related to this topic that have turned up on other blogs.

Richard Hall links to the text of a lecture by Amy Jill Levine: “Old Habits Die Hard: A Critique of Recent Christian Statements on Israel.”

Velveteen Rabbi discusses the tension between the celebration and mourning that mark the anniversary of the creation of the modern state of Israel.  HT Richard Hall

Joel Watts rejects the claim that either you are for Israel or you are for the terrorists.

David Sessions discusses Sarah Palin’s statements about Israel.

The Art Newspaper discusses the archaeological and artifact issues connected with Israeli and Palestinian statehood.

Deane Galbraith mentions the difficulties of claiming that land belonged to one’s ancestors.

  • Angie VanDeMerwe

    I really am way out of my knowledge base, but from what I know and understand, Palestine has been given many opportunities for compromise, but compromise is not what they want. They resent Israel’s “intrusion”, and yet the Arab States will not absorb these people. It boils down to religious ideology, doesn’t it?

    Should we be concerned when Hamas was elected into power, and now Egypt might get someone that is alligned with the Muslim Brotherhood. From what I have read, the person that is running that had ties to Muslim Brotherhood is at an advantage…though the Muslim Brotherhood has distanced themselves from him (I don’t remember his name).

    And ideologically driven zeal, is dangerous for peace, because such will not be likely to compromise, it is a matter of “principle”. As we all have ideas about how the world should “look”, “Humanitarian” interests are at odds with Islam’s radical relgious ideals..yet, there are Christian zealots in our own country that seek to subvert the practical for the “ideal” on “principle”. There is little room for compromise without being considered betraying one’s “convictions”. It has destroyed our ability to come to agreement in our civil discourse and political goals…But, this goal I think we cannot compormise on…and that is, we cannot compromise with idealogues who want to destroy another country or people…it is geared toward a religious Nazism…

  • Angie VanDeMerwe

    I really am way out of my knowledge base, but from what I know and understand, Palestine has been given many opportunities for compromise, but compromise is not what they want. They resent Israel’s “intrusion”, and yet the Arab States will not absorb these people. It boils down to religious ideology, doesn’t it?

    Should we be concerned when Hamas was elected into power, and now Egypt might get someone that is alligned with the Muslim Brotherhood. From what I have read, the person that is running that had ties to Muslim Brotherhood is at an advantage…though the Muslim Brotherhood has distanced themselves from him (I don’t remember his name).

    And ideologically driven zeal, is dangerous for peace, because such will not be likely to compromise, it is a matter of “principle”. As we all have ideas about how the world should “look”, “Humanitarian” interests are at odds with Islam’s radical relgious ideals..yet, there are Christian zealots in our own country that seek to subvert the practical for the “ideal” on “principle”. There is little room for compromise without being considered betraying one’s “convictions”. It has destroyed our ability to come to agreement in our civil discourse and political goals…But, this goal I think we cannot compormise on…and that is, we cannot compromise with idealogues who want to destroy another country or people…it is geared toward a religious Nazism…

  • Angie VanDeMerwe

    But, at the same time, nation’s have interests that they must protect, this is to be expected in the real world of politics, and as we know, politics is expediency and survival….and that isn’t based on humanitarian principle…But, without a nation-state that is unbiased, there can’t be real balance of power….The common person suffers under rogue government, whether they are religious or secular….

  • Angie VanDeMerwe

    But, at the same time, nation’s have interests that they must protect, this is to be expected in the real world of politics, and as we know, politics is expediency and survival….and that isn’t based on humanitarian principle…But, without a nation-state that is unbiased, there can’t be real balance of power….The common person suffers under rogue government, whether they are religious or secular….


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