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Submitted by Lynn (United States), Apr 4, 2015 at 13:43

in a fight for survival are there areas of grey?

First define the grey and is that area local leaving the larger Middle East free to be passionate about the existance of Israel without disturbing the status quo. They can use Palastinians to agitate while they go about their grey area business. Are you implying that without outside forces inciting the passions, the Arab Palastinian would get along with the Jewish Israeli?

Here in the West we tend not to blame all our ills on New Jersey although at times Chris Christie irritates. Yet the larger Middle East has made it their business to tell the West that you are either for us or against us using the plight of the Palastinians as an example of how unfair we are. We then have to support and condemn Israel simultainiously. It is to the point where Israel dare not speak in defense of it's own survival except to plead that we do not trust your local ME regimes that call for Death to Israel. And when the United States hears Death to America is it because we critisize Israel? No it is when we support Israel. If we support Arabs does it show that we do not support Jews because Israel is a thorn in the side of Islam and by association many Arabs? Are Arabs silenced by Islam?

Mr. Pipes I think it is the grey areas that incite the passions because of the confusion it creates. Does Israel have the right to exist? Does Israel have a right to be Jewish? What are it's borders? What is it's capital? Where can they worship? Why does it matter? What does Israel represent? If you are just a bunch of people just wanting to get along with your neighbors without interference from the outside is it the West that is interfering with this goal? Some here just want to buy gas at a reseanable price and not deal with taking sides in this conflict that has occupied the world since the Hebrews left Egypt. If it is irritating to you then I imagine you can understand why it is irritating. Why can't we all just get along? I dont' know. Why isn't the history of the Hebrews just a few pages in the books, gone, along with all the over civilizations that came before and after? Why isn't the God you honor just another people's God that was here and gone replaced by somthing else to occupy our thoughts?

The Jewish Faith and the Christian Faith have found an uneasy alliance where we do no expect you to accept who The Christians follow and you do not expect that the Christians will force you to accept who they follow. With Islam do you believe that you can also come to terms with each other in that same way? I am not sure and am in fact doubtful. There is no grey in Islam that I can see. It is either at the top or it will fight to be at the top. Does it stand beside anything? I only know what I read and I read that it's kingdom is to be of this world. If I am wrong explain the grey.

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