Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Is it a fence? Is it a wall? No, it's a Separation Barrier

Today my eyes were opened from the shades of blindness I have been wearing the past few months as I learned about the Separation Wall.

Israel's Separation Barrier, dubbed the "Apartheid Wall" or "Berlin Wall" by Palestinians, has increasingly attracted international media attention, largely due to the hard-to-ignore scale of the project. The most obvious historical parallel to the barrier is the Berlin Wall, which was 96 miles long (155 kilometers). Israel's barrier, still under construction, is expected to reach at least 403 miles in length (650 kilometers). The average height of the Berlin Wall was 11.8 feet (3.6 metres), compared with the maximum* current height of Israel's Wall -- 25 feet (8 metres).
Police car patrolling the wall

Israel's barrier is therefore planned to be four times as long and in places twice as high as the Berlin Wall.

"Friends cannot be divided. Enemies should!"

Learning about this wall that divides the Palestinians and the Israeli's, I was really surprised to learn how much they are depending on Obama to settle the dispute.

Danny, is a lawyer here in Israel and has a great involvement with government here and in the US, took us on a tour around town to teach us about the recent happenings. My understanding of what he was saying was that if Obama does not have Israel as his number one priority there is no more hope for a Two-State Solution between Palestine and Israel. The state of Israel will be shred to pieces and disintegrate. Not only does it have impact on Israel, but also on the United States. This will become a volcanic explosion for the U.S. and Christians as a whole. A professor here that I spoke with said, "We can kiss the Jerusalem Center goodbye. There is good chance we may be one of the last groups to ever come here."

Obama has the chance to shine on foreign policy if he makes the Two-State Solution his number one concern. I asked our speaker how realistic it was for Obama to make it his number one priority. Our professor said that Obama needs to just put cosmetic make-up on our economy and focus on foreign issues. If he doesn't the Middle East is planning on turning on the U.S. Obama is the last straw. I wasn't too sure how I felt about the accuracy of this statement, but all are entitled to their opinion. After all it is an educated guess. I feel bad for Obama, he has a lot on his plate and to have Clinton in charge of foreign affairs, yikes.

I don't have the answers or the solution. I don't know what should be done or how we can help. But I do know that we can pray that Heavenly Fathers will be done and then trust in Him. Whatever that WILL be!

1 comment:

  1. What a great post- you write so well, good thing you're in PR (whether or not you like PR is another thing...) You juuust might see this same thing on my blog =)