Can we get there from here?

Always know yesterday before you judge today:

When the United Nations proposed a two-state solution to Palestine in the 1940s, the Arabs rejected it. 

They didn’t want Jews, who were running from the Holocaust in Europe, buying up land from the Arabs and settling there. But the Jews were already there and had been since Abraham gave up worshipping clay idols and considered one God instead. Jesus Christ was a Jew. Jews looked exactly like Arabs, only they worshipped differently. And, they lived right there.

On November 28, 1941, Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, met with Adolf Hitler in Germany to persuade him to extend the Nazis’ anti-Jewish program to the Arab world.

The Mufti sent Hitler 15 drafts of declarations he wanted Germany and Italy to make concerning the Middle East. One called on the two countries to declare the illegality of the Jewish home in Palestine. Furthermore, “they turn over to Palestine and to other Arab countries the right to solve the problem of the Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries, in accordance with the interest of the Arabs and, by the same method, that the question is now being settled in the Axis countries (Germany’s Final Solution).”

The Mufti offered Hitler his “thanks for the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches. The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely….the Jews.”

Hitler replied Germany stood for an uncompromising war against the Jews. That naturally included active opposition to the Jewish national home in Palestine. Done deal.

Except Hitler lost the war. 

1990s were a decade of intensive peace process negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbors. In Madrid, Oslo, and Camp David, two American presidents tried to bring peace to the Middle East.

In the end it was mostly a failure even when Israel and President Bill Clinton offered a two-state peace deal. The Palestinians said no.

Today, many supporters of Israel, like myself, who despair over Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu’s leadership, believe the problem is equally split over the Palestinians’ unwillingness to pick and empower competent political leaders—rather than militants (terrorists) like Hamas, who are not interested in building a 2-state society but want only to destroy Israel; and on Israel’s failure to dump the corrupt, outdated, and inadequate Netanyahu. The whole world is waiting for Israel to understand and believe that the only way it will be supported against its real enemies (and yes, they exist), lies in its treatment of its Palestinian brothers and sisters.

Behind every step of this long Middle East nightmare that began in Biblical times, is another step. That’s why it’s so complicated. There is no bottom to get to. Someone has to say “Enough! Let’s start here. Now. Give the Palestinians a place they can live and prosper in. Compromise. And the Palestinian leadership and people must once and for all acknowledge Israel’s right to exist in peace.”


Jesus was an Arab. Jesus was a Jew. Get used to it.

Jews have been around forever. Egypt used them as slaves to build their pyramids. A young Prince of Egypt turned out to be a trafficked Jew sent down the Nile by his Jewish mother. An Egyptian Queen grabbed him up when his bassinet got caught in the reeds. He was adopted by the royal family. When the prince realized his true identity, he ran back to his brother slaves and became Moses; Moses was inspired to help his Jewish people be free. But it never really happened. So they ran for 40 years.

The Nazi Armageddon of the Jewish people was the last straw. There had be a Jewish homeland. The victims became the warriors.


Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, met in 1941 with Adolf to persuade him to extend the Nazis’ anti-Jewish program to the Arab world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *