August 2nd, 2006
| | Of course The Jewish Israeli presence in Israel and Palestine is well documented to at least 3,000 years ago if not much more. However strong or weak that claim is, it is far superior to the current rivals - Arab Muslims - for the same land and capital (Jerusalem), who in religious terms arrived in the 600's AD and whose cultural arrival is too difficult to trace as you would expect for nomads. When Israeli Jews or Jewish Israeli's were absent from the Holy Lands this was due to exile and displacement by force from foreign powers beit Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Babylon, etc. Who were the Arab and or Muslim rivals to the same lands of King Saul, David or Solomon? There were plenty of Middle Eastern and northern African enemies. There were plenty of supressors from Europe. But none who claimed original ownership of the territory we now call Israel / Palestine. For me, I see a strong analogy between Israel and Northern Ireland. The original natives - Jews in Israel and native Irish Catholics in Ulster are in a contest with Arab Muslims and descendents of Scottish / English Protestants repectively. The latter being "Jonny come latelies" to the land they want to take - or have seized - from the original inhabitants. The ideal is for every human being to live in peace with their neighbour, but when Iran's President says publically he wants to obliterate Israel and Hezbola - backed by Syria - plans and executes rocket launches into Israel from what was the safety of Lebanon, I can't blame Israel for defending herself in the will to survive. War crimes by Israel notwithstanding - and I think we have two examples in Lebanon so far - I support Israel's right to exist as a nation and to defend her people. I recognise the longivety of the Israeli's existence in Israel / Palestine and in Jerusalem, as far superior to any other race or religion. They should be left to live in peace in the land that is rightly theirs.