Does This Look Like Peace?

Yesterday, the United States officially relocated its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.  The move was not one I applauded. The timing could not likely have been worse, and the result was disastrous.  Donald Trump is playing a dangerous game on behalf of the nation he supposes to represent, the United States, and he is playing it with human lives as pawns.JerusalemJerusalem is a controversy in and of itself.  Jerusalem has been fought over sixteen times in its history. It has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. Today, both the Palestinians and the Israelis claim Jerusalem as their capital, and the city contains sites sacred to both Jews and Muslims, as well as Christians.  The embassy move has been considered in the past by former presidents Clinton, Bush (Jr.), and Obama, but each of those held back, because it has long been the policy of the U.S. to remain neutral in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and moving the embassy would place the U.S. squarely on the side of Israel … and against Palestine. Ilan Goldenberg, a Middle East expert with the Center for New American Security, said that where the U.S. is “supposed to be acting like the fireman, instead, we’re acting like the arsonist — we’re making things worse.”

The move of the U.S. Embassy signals far more than a simple relocation … it signals that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Think about that one … who gave the U.S. the right to decide where Israel’s capital lies?  Nobody, that’s who.  So why did we do it?  Because he likes to keep campaign promises made to his base. Plain and simple. His base lobbied hard for the move, including evangelicals and, of course, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner lobbied for the idea as well.

The opening day festivities got under way, and it was a matter of minutes before trouble started.  The region, already in a heightened state of upheaval, partly as a result of Trump’s other disastrous decision to renege on the U.S.’ commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, erupted into chaos.  Well, technically, it should not have been considered chaos, as most of the Palestinian protestors were unarmed and were merely trying to get into Jerusalem.  But then the Israeli military opened fire.  As of this writing, there are at least 60 confirmed dead and more than 2,700 injured. No Israelis have been injured.  Donald Trump and Benjamin Netahyahu must own each and every one of those unnecessary deaths.

Meanwhile, the Kushers had a great time …kushners-partyThe utter ludicrousness of the scene was enhanced by the two U.S. evangelical pastors who took part in the opening ceremony. One, Robert Jeffries, was awarded Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week in November 2016 for his bigotry and hypocrisy  .  The man who once said that “Jews and Muslims will go to Hell”, yesterday said, “Israel has blessed this world by pointing us to you, the one true God, through the message of her prophets, the Scriptures, and the Messiah.”  He also managed to get in a plug for Trump, saying Trump “stands on the right side of you, O God, when it comes to Israel.”  Quick, somebody get me a bucket!

I am told that evangelicals believe an embassy in Jerusalem is a key step to the ‘end of days’.  Not being of their faith, I fail to see how ‘end of days’ is seen as a good thing, but given the chaos the move created, it appears they may well have hastened that event, at least for many living in the Middle-East.

When Trump first announced his intention to move the embassy, he called it, “a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement.”  Does this look like peace to you?Peace-not

53 thoughts on “Does This Look Like Peace?

  1. Ok. Here we go then:
    Observation time:
    1.If Israel was a one person, and we looked back at their history of persecution, abuse, beatings (aka pogroms) a lot of folk would be saying it was no surprise ‘they’ are violent, ‘they should never have been given guns’.
    2. BBC reporters stationed in the Middle East say one depressing facet is they can go into Palestinian homes or Israeli homes and are given hospitality and made welcome, but once they mention the ‘other side’ anger spills up at ‘the other side’.
    3. Thanks to the extremist political and religious leaders on both sides the ordinary people have been locked into cycle upon cycle of violence.
    4. Da’am is an Arab/Israeli socialist party working for unification and also the complete nationalisation and state control of all businesses.
    5. B’Tselem is an Israeli monitoring group which condemns the actions of the govt & IDF and urges soldiers not to obey orders as these are illegal.
    6. The Israeli PM is a corrupt menace, but unlike Trump is professional about it.
    7. When it comes to internal politics Trump has all the judgement & comprehension of a 14 year-old being told to clean their room.
    New Testament:
    Mark 13:32 King James Version: on the Second Coming ‘But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father’.
    This is but one statement giving by Christ indicating there was no specific time anyone could look to, in short everyone had to be living as if the Second Coming would be any time, so (my words) don’t be a jerk for fifteen years then say ‘oops change of plan for the next five years’.
    Thus it should not matter to a Christian where ‘The Jews’ have a their capital. And if the Evangelicals are going on about that as a sign of the Ends Timers, they then should get their heads out of the Book of Revelations and read to gospels from start to finish and back again. It an’t for us to say.
    Thus speaketh a Catholic & Socialist.
    Predictions (Semi-biblical)
    In the Old Testament there are incidences of Israel being chopped up over and over because God was angry with the behaviour of ‘His People’.
    You can write out a scenario where with an American President (that White demographic isn’t going to last forever) feels it political to withdraw support from Israel and they are on their own and down goes the state of Israel in blood and flame….and year later various Palestinian and Arab and Iranian factions engage in bloody fighting for the ‘spoils’.
    In short the whole thing is similar to a sewer getting ready to explode.
    If there was one thing the region did not need was an American embassy in Jerusalem.

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    • As always, my friend, your observations are astute, as are your conclusions. In order to be a part of the solution, rather than being a part of the problem, one must first understand the dynamics, history and demographics, as well as the culture of the region. I don’t pretend to, but the bully-in-chief claimed that he alone would bring peace to the region without knowing the first thing about it. He has been delusional about many things, such as trying to boost the coal industry, but most were of a nature that they could be reversed once he is gone. Lives lost because of his supreme ignorance are not reversible.

      Thank you for your observations! I learned a few things I didn’t know … walking encyclopedia, I tell ya!

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      • I am very careful about Israel/Palestine on account of the situation being a secret excuse in Europe for folk to indulge in anti-Semitism under the guise of being concerned about the Palestinians while not giving ‘ a stuff’ about folk in similar plights in other parts of the world.
        The only way out of this is to get rid of the current Israeli regime, weeds out the hard liners in the security forces stifle its religious extreme-wing and to support those who are against their own govt. In short a socialist answer to this problem.
        In the long term this move is a disaster for Israel.
        By the way Sheila, whose knowledge and understanding of The Bible outstrips mine nearly when into overdrive when I told her about the Evangelicals and their ‘End Times’ thing…’It’s not for us to say!’ was the one coherent/ diplomatic comment. 🙀

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Did you know> The actual, complete move won’t happen 7-10 years from now. All they did was place a plaque on the wall of a consulate … supposedly keeping a promise campaign!!
    THEY DON’T CARE about human life … unless it’s white and Christian!!
    ‘The move of the U.S. Embassy signals far more than a simple relocation … it signals that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ‘
    Their message: TO HELL WITH PALESTINE AND THEIR PEOPLE!!

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    • I was aware that this was a temporary location, but understood they were looking for a permanent one at the present. I wasn’t aware the move is expected to take 7-10 years! When Trump first announced his intent, experts predicted it would take several years to execute, but Trump pushed forward … just, I suppose, because he was so eager to see how much chaos he could create! He’s playing a dangerous game, one for which he is pitifully ignorant of the rules and is way outclassed by people who’ve been playing the game for centuries. What could possibly go wrong, eh? Many thanks for the re-blog, dear friend! Love ‘n hugs!

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  3. Dear Jill,
    In my mind, we did not do Israel any favors by giving into the wishes of the hard line Israeli leader, PM Benjamin Netanyahu. This move will destabilize the middle east. Can you imagine the hate that is being born in the Arab world as they watch the videos.

    Israel may think they have the backing of the Sunni world. But Sunni leaders have their own constituents. President Trump and PM Netanyahu have just made their jobs so much harder.

    The cruelty demonstrated by Israel is sickening to me who thought she was pro-Israel.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I agree … all Netanyahu and Trump have done is escalate the tensions and make matters worse, as if they weren’t already bad enough. Like you, I have always thought I was pro-Israel, but in the last 2-3 years, seeing what Netanyahu’s grand plan is, I still feel for the people … some of them … but I can no longer support the policy of the nation and its leader. He is as much a bully as Trump, just more sophisticated. Sigh. We will, I believe, see war in the Middle-East … again. And more lives will be lost, and will Donnie or Benji care? Nope.

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    • We are indeed an arrogant bunch of arses! I have long said that mankind believes that everything on earth … every creature, every plant … was put here solely for the pleasure of man. We kill off animals for trophies to make us look like big, brave hunters. We abuse the earth, rob it of its natural resources, pollute the water sources, plow down forests, and destroy land for coal mining and oil drilling. We do all these things and more because we believe it is our right. People believe some higher power put together this lovely planet for the pleasure of man. BAH!!!

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  4. Decades ago when I read Leon Uris’ Exodus, I felt an overwhelming sympathy for the Jewish survivors of WWII who were desperately trying to find a place to call home. Literally. Because what is now Israel has not belonged to the Jewish people since 73 AD. That is the date officially recognized as the start of the Jewish Diaspora:
    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-diaspora
    So what happened in old Judaea between 73 AD and the start of the new Jewish state in 1948? The Crusades happened, the Ottoman Empire happened and finally, in 1917, ‘the League of Nations granted the British a Mandate to rule Palestine which was to be turned into a Jewish National Home.’
    Essentially, the Western bloc meddled in the Middle East as part of the spoils of war. In the process, the people who had been living in what is now Israel since 73 AD, almost 2000 years, were to be kicked out in favour of the Jewish settlers.
    I know this is a massive over simplification, but is it any surprise that those dispossessed Palestinians aren’t happy? One group of dispossessed people have been replaced with another group of dispossessed people.
    We, in the West, have a moral obligation to stop bloodshed in the area because we were instrumental in setting up the conditions for it. Picking sides the way Trump has done will lead to nothing but more bloodshed. 😦

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    • You are 100% correct. The Palestinians are not without fault, but they have been treated horribly and their anger is justified. Netanyahu is a bully, and now he has another bully in his corner, and together they are going to cause WWIII, or at the very least, massive turmoil and many deaths in the Middle-East. Trump doesn’t understand any of it, has never read a bloomin’ history book, and just goes along with Netanyahu. What a mess!!!

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  5. The end of days is a reference to the time when the Lord, Jesus Christ, returns for those that believe in Him and take them to heaven. It is followed by Gods judgement on unbelievers and Christ establishing His kingdom earthly kingdom in Jerusalem. This is the shortened answer. Hope it is clear enough.

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  6. Jill, this was not a wise move. It clearly showed we cannot be a peace broker as we are clearly favoring and beholden to one side. Sadly, people will die because of this more so than before. Keith

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      • Jill, a former US ambassador to Israel who supports the move said the administration made two mistakes. The move should have been made in the context of a move toward a two state solution. And, it was poor form to open it on the anniversary of Israel. While the date honors one group it demeans the other. Keith

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        • Yes, I would agree 100% with both of those statements. It was rushed through, for it was originally estimated that it would take at a minimum, over a year. I’m sure Netanyahu had much to do with the timing.

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  7. Given that young children were amongst the fatalities it is very hard to see what they were doing that so frightened the Israeli soldiers. More seriously, given that the US has now disqualified itself from the Peace process in the eyes of the Palestinians, will this place Donald Trump’s bid for the Nobel Peace Prize in jeopardy??

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    • Agreed … when soldiers open fire on the unarmed, and particularly children, it is unconscionable and there is no justification. Hah! If Donnie gets a Nobel Peace Prize, then there is no longer any honour in that award. Hopefully the people in Sweden have better sense!

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  8. I wonder what Justin said to Donnie on the phone about this mess. We have no other choice but to see how this plays out. The Palestinians are not totally blameless for the deaths among their ranks. Today is the second Day of Rage ordained by Hamas. They share some of the blame as well. I think the violence is awful, but it did not have to happen this way.

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    • No, the Palestinians are not without blame, but their anger is justified, for Netanyahu has treated them terribly and is acting as a bully, with no room for compromise. I, too, wonder if it was mentioned in the conversation between Justin & Donnie. Donnie probably brought it up to pat himself on the back. He likes to do that, y’know.

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      • Yes, I’m sure you’re right about Donnie. I agree that the Palestinians are justifiably enraged – but their leaders are goading them on like lambs to the slaughter. I blame the UN and the European nations who did not act with wisdom and care when creating Israel in 1948. They should have created an independent Palestinian State at the same time – might have avoided all the Arab / Israeli wars that followed. Sigh. Hindsight is always 20/20. Hugs, Jill!

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  9. I’m sure you speak for many people and I heartily agree. Often people dare not speak against Israel because they will be labeled anti-semitic, but many Jews, probably world wide, do not agree with what is happening. Of course Israelis have suffered as well, if it’s the only home they know, if they have lost sons and daughters to violence. Will it eer be sorted out?

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    • Thank you! Being half-Jewish (non-practicing) by birth, I am disgusted and ashamed of Netanyahu’s stance toward Palestine. Palestine is not without fault either, but Netanyahu is being a bully and there can be no compromise in his mind. Now he has a new ally in Trump, who has claimed he, and only he, can bring peace to the region, but he has done the exact opposite. Will it ever be sorted out? No. The Middle-East has been in a state of almost constant turmoil for all of recorded history, so I don’t expect it to end in the next millennium or so. Sigh.

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