Let there be peace - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Andres Lacko
    • 25.12.07 | 11:53 (IST)

    Israel was not the strong party in the Holy Land in 1947. It became strong because the laws of survival pushed it in that direction. Israel did not impose occupation until 1967. Up to that date, that area of the Palestine Mandate that you refer to was administered by the Kingdom of Jordan. And before, well, we all know that story. It's is accurate by the Latin Patriarch to remember us all that "love consist in seeing the image of God in every human being, of every religion and nationality". It is good to remember this, because the Catholic Church did not always act according to this teachings of tolerance and respect, didn't it ? This is a welcomed change that Pope John XXIII had the good vision to promote in the early 60's, less than fifty years ago. Neither Ottoman and British Occupation encouraged the understanding his Excellency is now strongly willing Israel to apply. But as times change, and our Planet Earth is changing, Israel must hear the call of the Latin Patriarch, and open the doors to search a peaceful living for everybody living in this land. However, this search must be collective. His Excellency's view that the entire region - Irak, Lebanon - is in turmoil because of the conflict in the Holy Land, is hardly a step forward towards compassion and enlightment. This means ignoring the other elements strongly playing in the dynamics of the developement of the region. His Beatitud message for Joyful and Holy Christmas could be better understood, should he also address the current wave of fundamental islamism educating people towards intolerance and hate. What does the Holy Land to do with a moslem person killing moslem brothers in an Algiers mosque or in an Iraki mosque ? Or is the answer for peace to restore the Califate in the Holy Land as well as in Southern Spain as proposed by some Moslem ideological leaders ? His Beatitud the Latin Patriarch message should be welcomed as a good will gesture, and we all pray and hope for peace in the Holy Land. Education for tolerance and friendship should be our first movement. For sure Occupation must end. But at the same time we Jews must feel that we do not need to be "the strong party". Andres Lacko

    from the article: Let there be peace
    First published 00:00 25.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 25.12.07
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