The journey through the Holy Land begins.
Of course it is amazing. We are at an undisclosed location, we don’t want to give away details of the hosts or where exactly they live. But we are sitting as dawn comes over Mount Zion at a place of historical battle, from ancient of days perhaps King David himself looked up this mountain here before commanding the attack on the old Jebusite city of Jerusalem. In 1948-49 this was where the battle lines were drawn between Israel and Jordan. In 1967, this was from whence an attack occurred liberating the Old City and East Jerusalem from the Jordanians.
It a place of history, of battle, and pilgrimage.
The most persecuted group in the Holy Land are the Palestinian Christians, as Palestinians they are not favored by the Jews and as Christians they are hated by the Islamists. Today, they live mostly in an underground state of they are converted to Christianity.
This morning we awoke to the Muslim call to prayer. It sounds beautiful in its own way, but for some it is a reminder of the division, and of the unresolved conflict. Muslims and Jews, and to some extent Christians, claim the Holy Land, but Muslims today are dominated by the idea of a Muslim only land, bereft of Jews and Christians. Thus, a holy call to prayer, and it is going off again now, is a challenge to the state of Israel’s existence, at least in the minds of some.
Jerusalem itself, driving in, is not much different than any modern city. The signs are different, mostly in Hebrew with many English interpretations, but sometimes you hit a Hebrew only area. We briefly drove through an Arab area to get to where we are now. If the previous US Administration had its way, it would be difficult to get into this place, and it would be surrounded by a hostile Muslim army.
When people speak of land for peace they need but drive from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The journey take an hour in traffic. It can take at little as 45 minutes. Aran tanks storming from East Jerusalem, down highway 1, would be in Tel Aviv and effectively cut Israel in two of the international border was there. I honestly can see why Arabs want the line there for their new Palestinian state, and I can understand why the Jews would feel extremely vulnerable if this occurred. Surely if an Arab army occupied East Jerusalem along with the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) it would be tempted to drive the rest of the way to the sea, thus ending a Jewish homeland.
I challenge any “land for peace” activists to explain how an Arab army pierced atop Mount Zion, looking down to a declining landscape leading to the sea, would being peace to this land. Such people must simply wish for Israel to disappear.