Zionism is the belief in a Jewish right to own the so called
Three great world religions are each intimately caught up in the longstanding struggle resulting from the establishment of the nation of
Since the 1948 creation of a the Jewish national state, carved out of the then existing Arab Palestine, the primary focus of this region has been the resulting conflict between the Jewish Israelis and the displaced Arab Palestinians. This struggle has pitted Judaism against Islam in the minds of many observers. Each of these two religious groups proclaims a special mandate from God in connection with their particular right of ownership of this land.
In addition to the godly mandate, the Arab Palestinians point to their physical presence in the
The belief that ultimately fuels the bitter hatred between Jew and Palestinian is their respective feelings of religious superiority and their perceived mandate from God to claim the disputed geography and to oppose other claimants as enemies of God. It is this feeling of being special above other people that make men so ruthless in pursuit of their claims. Religious superiority is a subtle but deadly belief, and both sides in this conflict display it in abundance.
Somewhat on the sidelines to the actual struggle, sit the “Christian Zionists”, those who interpret their sacred text (Old and New Testaments) as supporting the Jewish claim to this area and denying the Arab rights. As in the case above, these Christians also claim a special status before God which, in their minds, may or may not exceed that of the Jews but most certainly is superior to that of the Muslims. Again religious superiority is a key issue. These “Christian Zionists” are almost exclusively Americans, and they continuously throw “coal on the fire” by extending monetary and diplomatic support to the Israelis, largely by exercising an inordinately strong influence on
All parties involved in this religiously driven hate fest suffer enormously as a consequence. Both parties to the immediate warfare experience numerous casualties and live in a stressful state of continuous fear. Enormous sums of money and emotional energy are consumed on all sides to propagate the struggle and to defend against the “enemy”. On the world stage each side is alternately seen as victims or the ruthless agents in a genocidal effort. There is no glory, honor, or righteousness to be granted to either party in the eyes of most of the world.
For its part, “Christian Zionism” has greatly diminished the image of the
The unbiased observer would have to conclude that Zionism and its associated claim to religious superiority, both Jewish and “Christian”, has not been a blessing to either group. Muslims likewise have suffered greatly because when faced by the Zionist’s religious self-importance, they respond with their own brand of bigotry and intolerance. Like all religiously inspired wars, the struggle over Zionism is truly a plague on all our houses.