Letter to the Editor

Like matches and gasoline

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dear Editor,

Why didn't President Obama do his homework before meeting with Israel's prime minister?

80 percent of Israelis are Jewish. Religious freedom is guaranteed for everyone. Arabs, Christians and Jews travel to holy sites and worship at the Dome of the Rock Mosque, Temple Mount and Wailing Wall.

An estimated 10 million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II. About 11⁄4 million Jews had immigrated to Israel by the time it became a nation in 1948. Many were members of the Zionist movement, founded by Theodor Herzl, an Austrian Jew.

Jews considered Israel their homeland since they had settled there back in 1200 B.C.

The Arabs were late-comers, arriving after 621 A.D. Changing boundaries in Israel in 2011 could result in the Battle of Armageddon, involving all the nations of the world. This is foretold to take place on the Plain of Esdraelon (Jezreel Valley) 50 miles north of Jerusalem. (See Zechariah 14:2 and chapters 14-16 and Revelation 11.)

Problems developed immediately after Israel declared itself a country. The Arabs resented the return of the Jews. British control of Palestine (Israel) lasted from 1917 to 1948. The British Balfour Declaration encouraged Jews to return to Israel.

As soon as the British pulled out, Arabs attacked Israel.

The United Nations placed Jordan in control of the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock Mosque and the Wailing Wall. Jews were not allowed there. The Wailing Wall (Western Wall) is all that remains of Herod's and Solomon's Temple after it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.

Jordan is 90 percent Moslem. They are pro-Arab. Obama's idea of changing boundaries is ridiculous.

The 1967 six-day was helped the Jews to regain control of the land occupied by the Temple Mount, the West Bank of the Jordan River and the Sinai Peninsula.

A return to occupation of the land by the Arabs and boundaries before 1967 is like mixing matches and gasoline.

Helen Ruth Arnold,

Trenton, Nebraska

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  • AMEN Helen....Just, don't strike the match...(^8

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Wed, May 25, 2011, at 9:02 PM
  • Ms. Arnold

    The President did not advocate a return to the 1967 boundary as you state. His comment was that the 1967 boundary should be used as a basis to negotiate land swaps to form a common boundary agreed to by both parties.

    In our country this concept is referred to as a common property line agreement.

    Best Regards

    -- Posted by Geezer on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 7:16 AM
  • One thing most Arabs and Jews agree on, is to disagree. They are the antonyms of the middle east, that is just the way it is. Peace "freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility" in the middle east, I think not. Your heading "Like matches and gasoline" says it all!

    -- Posted by Keda46 on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 11:47 AM
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