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Is it the End of the World?

My fascination with the Middle East leads me to extraordinary friendships. One such friendship—a new one—is with the folks at “Untold News” (www.untoldnews.org).

Too often (okay, to be more precise: constantly), we hear only gloomy, depressing news from this troubled region. The Untold News staff is committed to making people aware of another story: good things are coming out of Israel.

Whether you are on the left or the right, I think we can all agree that Israel is often portrayed as an obstacle to peace in the Middle East. I believe that is an accurate assessment.

Yet very few people are aware just how much good Israel does. Quite frankly, reporting that rarely supports certain journalistic agendas. Well, Untold News is changing that. For example:

Arab man reports on his liver transplant in Israeli hospital

This type of story serves to highlight two things: Israel is not only a compassionate nation, but the Israelis use their considerable technology…for good.

I encourage you to check out the Untold News website. I know I will. Often.

While walking through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City earlier this year, I noticed posters in the window of a sweets shop. I wondered how many tourists would understand what the posters are.

As is popular in Palestinian culture, the posters are depictions of the “shaheeds,” or martyrs—those who blow themselves up in a bid to kill Jews.

Does this cultural predilection bother anyone in the world? Does it bother the UN? Does it bother the International Solidarity Movement? Does it bother American Christians who support the Palestinians?

A culture of murder and death should not be met with yawns or disinterest. There is in fact an opposite reaction, such as the so-called divestment campaign, in which Palestinian supporters refuse to buy goods from “occupied territory,” products made by Israelis.

That reaction is a two-way street.

I bought nothing from the shop owner who glorifies the murder of Jews.

To refer to Israel’s establishment—and continued existence(!)—as “Nakba,” or, catastrophe is one thing.

To sanction murder is quite another.

Palestinians decry the Israelis’ security barrier, erected in the face of withering terror attacks. I am greatly disturbed by the condemnation of the barrier by Western Christians, who increasingly affirm the Palestinian narrative.

Bottom line: the security barrier (called an Apartheid Wall by Palestinian supporters) has…SAVED LIVES. Terrorist are no longer able to murder Jews via homicide bombers, especially in the capitol city of Jerusalem.

During one visit at the height of the Second Intifada, I opened the paper one morning to be greeted by the faces of murdered Israelis, on the front page of the paper. I asked several people at my hotel, in east Jerusalem, what they thought about the attack in Hebron. They just shrugged their shoulders.

Will anyone among the Palestinians’ supporters simply condemn the use of violence against Jews, and not tack on “but the ‘Wall’…” at the end of their sentence?

The world loudly decries the deaths of Arabs in the Arab-Israeli conflict, but is usually pointedly silent about Jewish deaths.

What a horrible and unacceptable response.

The title of this post is tongue-in-cheek. Many readers no doubt would think it overly sarcastic. Yet the Arab obsession with seeing everything Jewish in the Middle East as a disaster makes the title not too far off the mark.

Several momentous calendar dates vie for the title of “The Catastrophe” for the Palestinians, but perhaps none is as raw as the Israeli capture of the Old City of Jerusalem on June 7, 1967. It completed Israel’s conquest in another existential war.

The IDF’s lightning victory that summer was a political earthquake still being felt around the world. When Israeli paratroopers entered the Old City, it marked the end of “gentile rule” in the fabled city.

The status of Jerusalem continues to vex diplomats the world over. And this is exactly what the Bible predicts for the last days.

The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as a capitol of a future state. The Israelis insist they will not give it up.

What do you think will happen?