Christian leaders in the Holy Land were offered a remarkable opportunity this week when Vice President Mike Pence visited. But instead of seizing this occasion and making full use of it to save their brothers and sisters, Middle East Christian leaders chose to prioritize their opposition to Israel.
The Palestinian national movement is an illusory empire. Constructed on poetry and prejudice and generations of fantasy, it too must come crashing down so that it can be rebuilt, this time on a more solid basis.
Since it seems reasonable to spend time at cafes, take public transportation, and go shopping without the constant threat of terrorist attacks, it also seems necessary to discern and articulate some principles of a “just wall theory.”
After the Six Day War, peace with the Palestinians remains the elusive piece needed to bring this century-long Israel-Palestine conflict to an end. The war reshaped the conflict, but sadly its final resolution remains somewhere over the horizon.
It is imperative that we understand that a Middle East devoid of Christians and other religious minorities would be a tragedy—a tragedy not only for Christians and others who have lived in the Middle East for centuries, but a tragedy for an outward-looking and tolerant Islam.
The problems of sexism and misogynist perceptions of women still exist in America, but they do not have established legal structures supporting them. In the Middle East, societal perceptions of women are just the tip of the iceberg.