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A Christian Living in New Zealand Apologizing for his Government’s Divestment

In 1948 we stood by the Jewish people but now, for the sake of oil and meat sales, things have changed.
The barrier is keeping the folks pictured on the left from murdering the folks living on the other side.

The barrier is keeping the folks pictured on the left from murdering the folks living on the other side.
Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash 90

The only reason it is there is to stop the suicide bombers getting into places like buses, malls, nightclubs, restaurants and Passover celebrations. I know from experience it is not a great feeling to get on a bus wondering how your journey will end. You get on a bus two weeks after your friend was in a bus bomb and sitting opposite you is a lady in full Burqa and it goes through your mind what is she hiding? When you get on a bus and a lady looks at you and says, “You know our buses blow up,” it really encourages you to stay on the bus! And, when a police car and ambulance drive slowly past the Central Bus Station and stop, the question goes through your mind, are they expecting trouble? So you decide to walk home rather than catch the bus. Or you are traveling on the roads and you have to stop because there is another bomb scare and you have to wait while the young men and women risk their lives to ensure it is safe to continue.

Since the building of the barrier very little has happened except the cries from the world for Israel to take it down, which is a way of telling them to let the bombers in. But there are very few if any cries to remove the other separation barriers built around the world to prevent terrorist activity entering their countries over disputed territory:

Indian – Kashmir Barrier, India 50 Km. Anti-terrorism (disputed territory)

Russia/Chechnya – Under construction 700 Km. Anti-terrorism (disputed territory)

Uzbek-Kyrgyzstan Barrier – 870 Km. Conflict zone.

Western Sahara, Berm of Morocco – 2,700 Km. Conflict zone (disputed territory)

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt 20 Km barrier. Anti-terrorism

United Nations Buffer Zone Cyprus 300 Km. Conflict zone

Why is Israel the only country not allowed to protect its citizens when you consider that the Israel/West Bank Barrier has reduced the terrorist attacks by 98%?

Nothing justifies the mass killing of men, women and children, it was not justified in Northern Ireland, it was not justified in Sri Lanka and it was not justified in Spain or New York or London and neither was it justified in Norway, so the question remains why is Israel not allowed to keep the barrier to prevent it happening there?

It is time to look at why the Barrier is there and not just declare it should come down. It is time to tell both sides to lay down their arms, not just Israel. But when one side states quite openly it will destroy the other given enough time, it is difficult for the other side to accept that they are serious about peace. In the words of a young Moslem University student who I was walking with in Bethlehem, “Israel must be destroyed before the great redeemer can come”. If this is the attitude of those who seem peaceful, then the words of Golda Meir, a former Israeli Prime Minister, are very true, “There will be no peace until they love their children more than they hate us”.

It is time to speak out against the rape of their children’s minds through being taught that to be suicide bombers and go straight to paradise is the best thing they can do with their lives. Until this changes sadly the wall will have to remain.

Let us continue to pray that all the people of Israel can live in peace and the Jewish people can live within the secure borders they desire, because to push for anything less is to go against the Word of God which tells us, “He will bring them back into the land and they will never be removed from the Land again”. Amos 9:14-15.

Dennis McLeod is Director of Christian Friends of Israel (NZ) Inc.

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9 Responses to “A Christian Living in New Zealand Apologizing for his Government’s Divestment”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hooray for New Zealand. Unless and until Israel accepts a 2-state solution, it should be treated as a pariah.

  2. Ron Holzwarth says:

    Apparently Anonymous has not been reading his history books. Israel has offered the Arabs a two state solution many times, the first time was on November 19, 1948. The most dramatic turndown of a two state solution was by Yassar Arafat in 2000. It’s the Arabs that are rejecting a two state solution, not Israel.

  3. Alan Kardon says:

    Please tell me when did Hamas and the Palestians accept a 2 state solution? They have never stated Israel has a right to exist.

  4. Gil Gilman says:

    What is this? Please don't hit the world with so much truth all at once. We don't want them trembling before the Almighty do we? Not that they would, as it is written in Isaiah:

    "Then I heard the voice of Adonai, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go, and tell this people:

    'Keep on listening, but do not perceive;.
    Keep on looking, but do not understand.
    Render the hearts of this people callous,
    Their ears dull,
    And their eyes dim,
    Unless they see with their eyes,
    Hear with their ears,
    Understand with their hearts,
    And return and be healed.'”.

  5. Ethan Perks says:

    Nice to know we still have friends in NZ. Yours is not the first, nor will it be the last govt that chose PC and finance over the moral high ground and truth. Hope you get to throw the bums out next time. We failed big time here in the USA.

  6. David A. Samson says:

    Australia has also turned its back on Israel, we have a 2 faced gutless government led by dishonest politicians whose morals are lower than Hamas.

  7. harrylax30 get your facts right, Israel accepted a 2-state solution five times and five times the PA refused. I, like many other honest people am ashamed about the N.Z. Government's stance towards Israel.

  8. Mark Stern says:

    But Israel does accept a 2 state solution. It is the Palestinians who refuse to accept that Israel exists and refuse to negotiate a peaceful solution to this conflict

  9. great comment thank you.

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