Two days ago a news headline caught my attention. I schedule tweets for Maoz News channel practically every day, so I get to read even those headlines and stories which don’t make it into the main news edition.
How big was my surprise to find “Peres: Recognition of Israel as Jewish state ‘unnecessary’” screaming off the screen at me.
My first reaction was revolting. I sincerely could not believe this was possible.
For years upon years, starting at school age, we heard that the State of Israel was established as a homeland for the Jewish people. This is the only place in the world we, the Jews, hated and persecuted all over the world, can call home. This is the only place where I personally feel the safest – even in a reality of terror constantly lurking at the door.
Moreover, for years, millions of Israelis have been yearning for the Palestinians to finally make peace with us so that we can co-exist side by side – two states for two people… what an illusion…
Prime Minister Netanyahu has made it absolutely clear that while recognition of Israel as a Jewish State “was not a condition for entering negotiations, it is a condition for completing them.” (israelhayom.com, 1/22/14)
Israel’s President is a purely representative role. The President has no legislative power whatsoever. Nor has he any say in policy of politicians in charge of the country at any given time.
President Peres, now 90 years old, spent his entire political life trying to get peace with the Palestinians. Yes, he even shook hands with the terrorist Arafat in the name of peace. However, I really wonder how a man, who has seen so much failure where the Peace Process is concerned, still believes we have a sincere partner for peace in the PA…
Yes, getting up after failure is a recipe for winning, but I don’t believe we should do it at all costs – at least not where human lives are concerned.
When I was much younger, Yitzhak Rabin was elected to be Israel’s Prime Minister. Peres was his closest friend back in those days. To this high school girl the two seemed unstoppable! In my heart, I believed that we would now have peace and those who hate us so much would now be our friends. Years went by, agreements were signed, yet no change came.
Heartbroken and disappointed, I realized that no matter how much I may long for peace… it is not going to happen when a culture that values life is trying to agree with a culture that idolizes death.
Prime Minister Golda Meir spoke what my heart is crying out each day as I watch the conflict that will only end when Yeshua returns to reclaim his Kingship over the earth. “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
How right she was! Whether or not we are recognized as a “Jewish State” will not help make peace with the Arabs. Even if they recognized us as such tomorrow, nothing would come out of it for sure – not in a million years!
The first change in order for there to be a true peace is a fundamental cultural one. Children should not be taught in school that Jews torture and experiment on Palestinian children. They should not be encouraged to grow up just in order to set themselves off as bombs, taking with them lives of as many Jews as they possibly can. They should not be taught that killing a Jew will bring you great rewards. They should not hear that Jews stole their land and now Israel has to be wiped off the map in order for there to be peace…
Do I believe this change is possible? Yes. Is it attainable? No. Let me explain.
In order to obtain the things that are possible, there needs to be a will, and people who will act upon that will. Right now, in the PA leadership there’s neither will nor people who will work to execute it.
In fact, if and when a voice rises up from the ‘wilderness’ calling to change course, that voice is shut up really fast. In Islam, you just don’t go against the current. For example, if someone in the West Bank or Gaza wrote what I have the freedom to write as an Israeli, there would be harsh consequences – maybe unto death.
So, within less than 24 hours of me reading this headline, I realized that Peres is right in his words. Don’t get me wrong… I still don’t agree with his opinion that the recognition of the state of Israel as Jewish is a stumbling block in the Peace Process, but I agree that it is unnecessary – not now and not ever.
In my eyes – God said this is our land, and now He will do what needs to be done to keep His promise. The fact that this is a Jewish state does not depend on someone else thinking so. And, again, even if we are recognized as such, true peace is only coming with Yeshua’s Second Coming. And we know what He thinks about this land…