Interesting counterpoint here to the current leftist cause célèbre of decrying evil, racist Israel by spotlighting the plight of “Palestinian” Christians.
How wonderful. But this ecumenical coalition has not expressed very much interest in any "dwindling" Christian population anywhere else in the Middle East, where in fact nearly every Christian population is "dwindling." The "dwindling" Palestinian Christian population merits special concern because they are, sadly, useful props for bashing Israel. "Dwindling" Christian populations in Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, however tragic their plight, serve no utility for bishops, church bureaucrats, and professional Religious Left activists anxious for one more excuse to decouple the U.S. from Israel.
The article points out something that the Religious Left willfully forgets: Israel is not and has not been the aggressor. Israel has been simply fighting for the right to exist, to not be gleefully butchered by her enemies, since day one. As has been stated elsewhere, “If the Muslims stopped fighting, there would be peace in the Middle East. If Israel stopped fighting, there would be no Israel.”
The organizer for this rather disingenuous plea was Churches for Middle East Peace, which thanks mostly to Roman Catholic participation, is not as hard-line anti-Israel as many of its Mainline Protestant and Evangelical Left supporters would prefer. But its counsel and lobbying almost always, if in usually muted language, repeat the usual refrain that the U.S. must, through "hands on," "bold action," strong-arm Israel into concessions, while the victimized Palestinians and their Arab patrons simply wait patiently to achieve their demands. Arab intransigence never seems to merit "bold action" by the U.S., just endless accommodation. "Churches for Middle East Peace" indeed.
Interesting op-ed article worth reading.