Members‘The Occupation’ Is a Smokescreen

Israelis and Christians with an eye to the Holy Land mustn’t believe that in order to love the Palestinians they have to abandon Biblical Zionism

How quickly the present generation forgets the past. Ending the "occupation" won't stop the war. For there was plenty of war even before.
How quickly the present generation forgets the past. Ending the "occupation" won't stop the war. For there was plenty of war even before. Photo: GILI YAARI/FLASH90

How many times can they chant “the occupation” before they realize it’s nothing more than a smokescreen? Perhaps they don’t want to see the truth.

The Israeli-Arab conflict didn’t begin with the “occupation” of the so-called “West Bank” by the Jewish state. But to listen to Israel’s detractors, and more shockingly to some Israelis themselves, you’d think it had.

This was highlighted once again by a controversial annual Memorial Day event attended by a fringe minority of Israelis (and a minuscule number of Palestinians) that commemorates the fallen on both sides as equal victims in a conflict that must be ended at all costs.

Except they don’t really advocate ending the conflict at all costs. Organized by the left-wing movement Combatants for Peace, the event sends a clear message: Israel and its “occupation” are to blame for the conflict, and the Palestinians are naught but innocent victims.

In other words, ending the conflict is entirely in Israel’s hands.

Those few Palestinians who do participate were of one mind: The...

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