An Olive Branch for an EyeOctober 25, 2006
When I was snoozing this morning between alarm rings, I realized that there is a fundamental difference between Israel and the Palestinians that will prevent peace from occuring in the region.
While the Israeli government acts against the Palestinians when provoked, Israeli individuals don’t.
The bible says “an eye for an eye” but the people don’t implement it. That is, if every person who was personally vicitimized in any way (which, unfortunately, is almost everyone – there is not one person in Israel who hasn’t lost someone or has a friend who lost someone) in this conflict (general conflict, not the recent Lebanese war) were to implement the “eye for an eye” rationale, both our peoples would be wiped off the earth.
The Palestinians need to put faith in their elected government. For heaven’s sake – they have a government! Why all the resistance organizations? Put faith in your elected government to “revenge” for you or act in your name.
If you continue to take “an eye for an eye” literally (or whatever the Quran says), then this will never end.