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Friday, June 1, 2012

Israel, That Little Devil and Pakistan, Born At the Same Time

Nadene Goldfoot
The world has a population of 6.7 billion people.  Jews make up only 0.2% of that population.  We live mostly either in Israel or the USA with a few sprinkled through the some of the other countries like Germany,  England and South Africa.  

The size of Israel is about the same as New Jersey.  It would take 8 Israel's to be the same size as Florida.  Israel's pre 1967 borders is only 8,019 square miles or 20,770 sq km.  The population of Israel is 7,116,200 with 5,393,600 being Jews or about  75% of the population. 25% of the population is made up of Arab citizens who are Muslims and Christians.   It was pronounced a state on May 14, 1948 through the UN with the United States being the first with Harry Truman to recognize it.  It is the world's only Jewish state.  It is still in a state of war with the Palestinians outside of Israel, those living in Gaza who are ruled by Hamas and now those living in Judea and Samaria who have been under the PA (Palestinian Authority in which Fatah, and therefore, Abbas has been at the helm.)  The situation now is that Fatah and Hamas have teemed up together again in their continual attacks against Israel.  George Bush has said that Israel is about the size of a Texas ranch.

The year before, on August 14-15 1947, Pakistan was created for Muslims living in India who were having a rough time of it in a Hindu majority country.  Families were facing terrorist attacks on their homes.    Pakistan is two times the size of California, being 310,403 sq miles or 803,940 sq size.  Their population is 173,593,383 as of 2011.  It is the world's 6th most populous country.  Consider that California's population is 37,691,912.  97% of Pakistan are Muslims with the majority being Sunni.  It is an Islamic state.    It was not an easy partition, causing a mutual hostility and suspicion between the two countries.  However, it put an end to the terrorist attacks on each other.  Pakistan now has the 2nd highest Muslim population out of all 48 Muslim majority countries.  Indonesia ranks #1.  India is left with a population amounting to 1,170,938,000 as of 2010.  As of 2011, the USA population was 311,591,917.  There certainly are a lot of people in the world that are living fairly peaceful-like.  It isn't happening in the Middle East, however.

Israel is not out of step in this world's order of things to have declared itself a Jewish state.  The only thing unusual is that it is a first again, so stands alone in doing so.  It also is doing so in a sea of Islam belief who just so happen to not abide Judaism today.  There was a day when they were more tolerant, when Jews were living in the Middle Eastern countries under Muslim rule.  There, though they were considered to be 3rd class citizens which the word dhminnis tells us, they were tolerated.  There were even times when the Ottoman Empire had asked some to return as they were needed in their financial crisis.  This was at a time when Europe was terribly intolerant of someone different than they, especially since they were of a different religion, the one espoused in their New Testament to be vile, and suffered from pogroms and anti-Semitism of all sorts of indecencies.

Can this little state find happiness and security finally in today's world after wanting to come home?  That is all it is trying to do.We're almost like the swallows who keep coming back to Capistrano, but the difference is that we've always maintained a Jewish population in the land of Palestine, which it became sometime after 70 CE through the Romans.    I think our leader has been the traditional Dove of Peace but he's limping on one leg,  now.     Iran calls the United States the big Devil and Israel the little Devil.  Iran's leadership is  intolerant.  It's even possible that old Ahmadinejad himself  has some Jewish genes, being Jews lived in Persia for a long time.  Netanyahu is again asking leadership of the Palestinians to reconsider and live with them as neighbors in peace, not like the Hatfields and the McCoys. Israel has been asking this since 1948.  It's getting old.   It may take the pressure of the Palestinian people themselves to bring about this peace, if they truly are for it.    Instead of letting us see their rejoicing over a terrorist's acts and kills, they're going to have to see their neighbors as human beings, too.


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