Lacey Smith

Why a divided Jerusalem looks a lot like Germany to me

In Current Events, Politics, Religion on May 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I’m not an expert on Israel. I’m not an expert on pre-WWII Germany. I’m not sure I’m an expert on anything except raising trouble.

I don’t think anyone needs to be an expert, though, to look at what’s going on with Israel and to recognize that there is no “easy fix.” If you believe the Bible, this is a conflict that has been going on since Isaac and Ishmael. Unfortunately there likely is no answer at all.

Currently, there is a “solution” being tossed around to create a split Jerusalem, to “de-unify” the city. If that happens, proponents are saying, then maybe we will have peace amongst Israel and the rest of the Muslim world.

As soon as I heard that, my brain made a connection.

I recently watched a documentary on the beginnings of WWII (World War II in HD Colour). It reviewed how Hitler gained power and regard among the Germans and how when he first started taking over countries the world turned a blind eye.

In the early days, Hitler promised he was just taking back what was Germany’s and then he would stop. Once he had returned German people and lands to Germany, he would leave the rest of the world alone.

That, of course, was a lie. Just like it’s a lie that once we have a divided Jerusalem and an independent Palestinian state the violence will stop. The Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, who is championing this idea, admits that the violence may not stop even with a divided Jerusalem.

Moreover, I’m not sure there is any proof that a divided state would work. It didn’t work in Germany and a recent-ish poll of East Jerusalem Arabs shows only 1/3 support a 2-state system and 35% prefer to be Israeli citizens. A full 40% would consider moving to live in the Israeli part of Jerusalem and 54% would not move to live in Palestinian Jerusalem.

What benefit would there be, then, for the world, Palestinians and for Israel to have a divided state? This looks a lot like a lose-lose situation to me.

Don’t believe everything you hear. The radical Arab world would not be content with a divided Jerusalem, just like Hitler wasn’t content with taking over Austria.

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/06/world/middleeast/06palestinians.html

http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2011/ss_politics0586_05_16.asp

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2011/01/_one_of_the_givens.html

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