Friday, December 7, 2012

How Far Will Zionism Go?

I posted a lengthy comment to the "about this blog" section of a blog I have been reading and for whatever reason, it has not been approved for the past week or so. I hope it is just because the author of the blog is busy, and not permitting the comment is obviously his prerogative, but the issue is important to me and I have yet to hear any good answers to my questions so I suppose I will resort to posting it here in hopes of a response from someone.

The blogger is a settler in the occupied territories, and he clearly justifies this on biblical grounds. It is a divine right and responsibility to him.

My question to these people has been simply to ask how far will you go? The bible clearly promises Abraham all the land between the Nile and the Euphrates. That represents an absolutely ludicrous amount of territory for Israel to conquer and the logical conclusion of a prophetically informed expansionist policy is to annex significant portions of Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Egypt. 

That, of course, is insane.

As is the prophetically informed, Zionist expansion that characterizes Israel's foreign policy now and since its inception and if their is any real threat to Israel's existence, it is a continuation of the status-quo.

Here is the blog I am referring to:

Here is what I posted:

"Names are indeed historic markers of past civilizations, but they have little bearing on who should occupy a location today. By the same standard, we should return Illinois to the descendants of the native tribes that made up the Illinois confederacy. History is long and successive in nature. Perhaps we would all be better off trying to find solutions that are reasonably fair to everyone who is alive today.

Of course you probably refer to biblical prophesy as a justification for the preferential treatment of Jews. I must ask, when will this end? After all, did God not say to Abraham that he will give to his descendants all the land between the river of Egypt and the Euphrates?

If you honestly believe that all prophesy in the bible is just, perfect and going to transpire at some time in the future, how far should you go to take matters into your own hand to accomplish this?

Should you expand a defensive war beyond your initial borders to take Jerusalem and double your territory?

Should you later add another thirty odd percent to your total territory in an additional defensive war? Should you then settle it with the clear motive of land reclamation even after your nation has agreed to cede that land in an eventual peace deal?

Do you really want to deal with the inevitable strife for generations, the strife that this expansionist policy will elicit from the various peoples displaced?

I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, not if it didn’t have to be that way.
But no, that is not enough. For according to the Bible all the land must belong to the Jews.

Maybe this will be accomplished through more defensive wars. At the current rate of expansion, it wouldn’t take long to achieve most of Jordan and a good bit of Iraq. After all, it didn’t take long to get the Sinai – that’s most of the way to the Nile.

Perhaps religious activists should begin building communities throughout Amman Jordan and even Karbala in Iraq.

It is insanity, and since the country’s inception this insanity has been informing Israel’s policy toward its Arab population in a way that is only going to risk its well-being at best and its very existence at worst.

I grew up in Israel. I have a lot of friends there. I don’t want either of those to happen."

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