The first thing we need to realise and say is that the Israeli and Palestinian situation is really complex and only a fool would propose resolving it with simple or simplistic solutions.
I have been to Israel twice, liked it and fell in love with Jerusalem.
I could live in Jerusalem no problem.
The conflict is very sad because a people, the Jews, who have suffered so much themselves, are now inflicting great suffering on another nation – the Palestinians.
And of course, Palestine is compounding the problem by shelling Israel causing Israel to retaliate with killings.
It is a very vicious and violent circle.
I cannot see how the situation can be solved militarily.
So the only real resolution can be by negotiation and peaceful negotiation.
That means reading that there cannot be a WINNER and a LOSER.
There have to be two WINNERS.
That will mean that each side will have to make sacrifices.
Jerusalem is a particularly difficult problem because both nations regard it as their capital.
Most Jews, I understand, do not want to rebuild the Temple on the Temple Mount until the Messiah comes – as the exact site if the old Temple is not certain.
“The most immediate and obvious obstacle to realization of these goals is the fact that two historic Islamic structures which are 13 centuries old, namely the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, are built on top of the Temple Mount. Any efforts to damage or reduce access to these sites, or to build Jewish structures within, between, beneath, beside, cantilevered on top of, or instead of them, could lead to severe international conflicts, given the association of the Muslim world with these holy places.” (Wikipedia)
So the Jews and Palestinians would have to agree to share the land – a two nation land.
And, they would have to agree to share Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
I know that this is very contentious and feelings run very deep.
But should the sons and daughters of God, albeit they call him different names, not be able share a land and a city?
Is it the extremists on each side that are the problem?
I’m looking forward to readers views.
BILL MULVIHILL EAMON MARTIN AND ISRAEL.