The following is from Hananya Naftali, a young Israeli Messianic soldier in the IDF.
“I hate all of you Jews”, “I hope you enjoy killing children”, “Death to Israel”. This is a sneak preview of the responses I receive online.
Usually I don’t reply to these hate messages because I know it won’t help, they are just too sure to be wrong.
But one day I got a message and just couldn’t resist replying.
It was a young Arab guy that asked me if I’m proud to serve in an army of killers that commits war crimes.
Now, of course I know that it’s false because I’m in the military so I know little better than him.
Anyway, I decided to reply back to this guy with the following message:
“Hi man, I do not kill children, don’t believe everything you hear. I love Arabs and Muslims - I think that those people are great and have an interesting culture. I love you guys.”
I thought this guy will probably keep on cursing me and calling me a liar, but to my surprise he replied back with love.
He said that he always heard bad things about Jews and Israel and was so sure that everything he heard was true. To be honest, I can’t blame him. I mean, if everyone around you would say that Israel is bad, what reason do you need to not hate Israel too?
He was happy that I replied to him with love that changed his opinion about Israel.
This is a little story, but with a deep conclusion.
Arabs are taught that Jews hate them, so they need to hate Jews back. What they don’t know is that many Jewish people actually don’t hate Arabs. We condemn terror attacks, but we don’t condemn all Arabs.
Next time I see another hater I’ll make sure he knows I love him. :-)
This is a small step for peace between Arabs and Jews.