President Netenyahu is in a Foul Mood: Good!

The United Nations recently passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in disputed territory that could be claimed by Palestinians.  The conflicts with Palestinians over territory and national sovereignty go back to the formation of Israel back in 1948.  The history of the Jewish people extends back to Biblical times.  My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was a Jewish man.  His sacrifice paved the way to heaven for many Christians.  This current conflict has less to do with Biblical times and more to do with greed and power.  Land can only be taken if a country knows that it can do so with minimal oppostion.

It seems as though the relationship between President Obama and President Netanyahu has been pretty tense for the past eight years.  I know that we support Israel financially and have been a loyal military ally.  We have tried to broker peace in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on numerous occasions.  I wondered why the Palestinians would be seen on television slinging stones at soldiers who possessed machine guns.  The yearning for land and a place to call home.  Many wars are based on land and or the acquisition of oil, water or minerals.  The losers are left to watch the expansion of the winners in many situations.

The Hamas is a group of Palestinians that represent individuals living in the West Bank.  Along with the Fatah group they also control territory in Gaza.  These groups are supported ideologically and financially by the governments in Qatar, Turkey and Iran.  The history and awareness of these groups precedes the formation of the United States by at least two thousand years.  We have become a military power after breaking treaty upon treaty with the Native Americans.  We still have Native Americans living on reservations.  Please understand that our house is not in order when it comes to taking disputed lands. Almost four million people live in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Someone has to be a voice for these Palestinians.

It was indicated in  a report on Wikipedia that Israeli settlements are funded by private tax-exempt U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGO's) to the tune of $220 million between 2009 - 2013.  So even though we abstained from the recent U.N. resolution, we have been responsible for the growth of settlements on disputed lands.  These settlements are considered a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.  The treaties of the Convention were adopted in 1949 and defines humanitarian protection for civilians in a war zone.  I guess the area in question is still considered a war zone.  It is an uneasy situation and it is exacerbated by the expansion of settlers on land that is outside of Israel's current boundaries.

The settlements have a long history in this area.  Some Jewish settlers feel like these areas were foretold in the Bible.  I wonder if those that believe in the Quran feel differently.  The Jewish people lost millions during the Holocaust.  Why Adolf Hitler deemed if acceptable to put people in ovens based on their religious affiliation is a mystery to me.  Almost 500,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  These outposts are not for the faint of heart.  There are also immigrants from outside Israel that pledge an allegiance to the Jewish faith and sometimes live in these settlements.  This year to me will be the year of migrants dying at sea and trying to cross Central America into the U.S.  Trying to find a place to live and raise a family is an urgent need throughout th world.

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It seems like current Israeli President Netanyahu is longing for January 2017.  President Trump has promised that things will be different on day one for at least twenty different initiatives.  I would suggest patience in this regard.  The United Nations was formed a few years before the State of Israel was established.  This organization was created to maintain international peace and promote human rights.  It now has 193 member states.  It provides food to 90 million people in over 75 countries.  It assists over 34 million refugees.  It vaccinates 58% of the world's children.  For the good that this group of nations does, I can deal with President Netanyahu being upset about a resolution that goes against its desire to build on disputed land in territory that Israel is building on by force.

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