Sunday, April 23, 2006

Police officer and terrorist

As Haaretz says, when a police officer is also a terrorist, it means that the new Hamas-led Palestinian Authority has now declared war on Israel. The Palestinian Interior Minister appointed a top terrorist, Abu Samhadana, as the inspector general of the Interior Ministry and commander of a new security force. I've looked on in wonder as the Hamas government has had the chutzpah to complain at not receiving aid from the U.S. or the EU, or at Israel's refusal to transfer taxes to the P.A. Actions like this by the Hamas government demonstrate how justified all three were in not continuing to fund the P.A.

A few weeks ago, a student organization on my campus organized a week of lectures and other activities around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The tendency was notably critical of Israel and sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. One day the group put up a mock section of the Israel "separation wall."

Once upon a time I opposed the separation wall, thinking that it would be unjust to the Palestinians. I still think it is unjust to the Palestinians, since it separates farmers from their fields and prevents students from attending school. The route of the fence has divided communities, when with a little consideration, it could have be rerouted to make life easier for Palestinians.

But now, with the Hamas victory, I find it increasingly hard to oppose the fence/wall. I think that Israel is justified in defending itself. The wall seems to have made it more difficult (although not impossible) for suicide bombers to reach Israel. If various groups that are so critical of Israel had a better solution to prevent suicide bombers from entering Israel, I would probably continue my opposition to the wall, but I haven't heard anything. (Such groups don't usually seem so concerned with the security of ordinary Israelis - for an example of this thinking, see Tony Judt's recent op-ed piece in the New York Times). At this point, I'm more interested in protecting Israelis, among them friends and relatives, than I am in supporting justice absolutely. Such are the consequences of war.


  1. I just discovered your blog and became fascinated by its contents. I am wondering if Ephesians 2:14 would be of any relevance to orthodox jews. This post certainly gave new relevance (for me)to the biblical reference to a separation wall. I have wondered about the election of Hamas and recent statements by Iran within the Christian context of Armageddon. I believe it may be at our doorstep and hopefully the Jewish people will finally realize that Jesus is Lord.

  2. I doubt that Orthodox (or any other) Jews would think that Eph. 2:14 is relevant to them - especially since the verse does not say anything about an actual, concrete, physical wall. And also especially since Jews don't believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and certainly not the son of God. Also, we don't appreciate the role we've been cast in for Christian visions of Armageddon.

  3. "Also, we don't appreciate the role we've been cast in for Christian visions of Armageddon."

    But, really, how much will that matter after you realize that Jesus is Lord, and become a Christian, anyway? You just have to think this thru.

  4. Thanks, Gary - er, um, just have to go find the truth somewhere.