The United States of America has decided to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The following is a passage from the book where the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is briefly addressed. Most of the time the solution to the problem is so simple that no one wants to take it into consideration.
When it comes to the Palestinian-Israeli territorial dispute, the public perception created for the benefit of those who stand to profit from sending the young to die in a pointless war that this land is holy land is the reason why no one has had success in his more or less sincere attempt at ending the conflict. Since both sides consider a certain location within this area to be their holy land, no one is willing to share it with the other party. There are also secret issues associated with the dispute that make peace a distant possibility.
Religion is divisive by definition. It is also a business, and businesses compete against each other for the available market. The competition is even more acute in the case of religion where there is significant political power to be gained, or lost. When it comes to antagonistic religions, as is the case for Christianity, Judaism and Islam, their leaders seek to denigrate their opponents, especially when one of them, Islam in this instance, makes revelations about the other two religions that practically delegitimize them.
A fact we are all familiar with at this point in our history, clerics and politicians start a war of words but the ones who suffer in the end the consequences are the ordinary people clerics and politicians pit against each other. Because of that, the real solution to the crisis in the Middle East will never come from religious leaders or the political establishment. It will only come from within the hearts and minds of the people in the street.
Peace could only be achieved when the air is clear of divisive religious beliefs and of the malefic influences exerted on the government by religious fanatics. There is no need for weapons to achieve peace, something only the arm-dealer and the arm-manufacturer profits from. In fact, all we need is knowledge, exposure to the known truth about religion and an open mind. Indeed, the only solution to this prolonged crisis is abandonment of the irrational religious belief that is behind the appellation holy land. This would create the circumstances that will allow both sides to begin building together a new common reality.
No artificial borders, no steel or concrete walls are going to stop a confrontation started through manipulative absurd calls to defending one’s faith. The Israelis, the Palestinians and the entire world must become aware of the truth about their history as a people, about the history of their land and about the history of their respective religion. Clerics and politicians on both sides, however, are currently distorting this known truth.
If that happens, the people of Israel and Palestine will find out that, in reality, there is nothing worth fighting for, more so dying for in this matter. The absence of the awareness about the origin and the purpose of religion in general, something this project is going to extensively address, is precisely what produces, fuels and perpetrates the conflict.
When we dedicate our efforts to living according to certified universal truth, no matter our past differences we come together under the guidance of wisdom we extract from our common experiences. History has offered many lessons in this respect, and after decades when those supporting the civil rights of everyone, the black population of America included, were fighting those who were dismissive of the idea that all men are born equal, the voice of reason became the prevailing sound in what would become a truly United States of America.
The differences were not solved by creating more lines of separation, new borders, or by building walls between black and white communities. Peace came long time after the Civil War came to an end, and it came when people on both sides learned to live together, to accept, respect, and appreciate what the others had to offer to the community.
As Martin Luther King once said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” This is also true for the people of Israel and Palestine, and it is true for the entire population of the planet.
A rational logical consequence of that, as unpopular this solution might be with politicians and religious leaders more concerned with their share of power and who tend to focus on bringing their constituencies on their side election time rather than on securing and protecting the wellbeing of all, the only truly realistic way to put an end to the crisis in the Middle East is by creating a union that includes the people of Israel, Palestine, and Gaza, a federation with the capital at Jerusalem or in a new administrative center built specifically for this purpose.
In the end, we are all members of the same civilization, and the time has come for the global community to awake into its natural oneness, something we were once made unaware of by those who have inserted belief system in the structure of our society. As the Quran reminds everyone in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 213, in the beginning “Mankind was one single nation.” In order to control us they needed to divide us, and the Genesis, a book used in both the Christian Bible and the Jewish Torah makes it very clear this was precisely what they did:
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” (Genesis 11:5-7)To have viable, long lasting peace, Israelis and Palestinians must learn to live together as people of the same country, of the same planetary nation. This rational principle applies to all the other religious and ethnic groups out there still involved in senseless conflict with each other.
- A Time of Change, Volume 1, Chapter 5
PS. - Many of you may rightfully ask yourself, who is "they" in "they needed to control us." I kindly invite you to stand up in church next Sunday, ask your minister this question and see what the answer is. If he tells you, this is a reference to god being three persons and uses the Christian trinity as an explanation, remind him the word trinity is not once mentioned in the Bible, and that 'god in three persons' is something Athanasius of Alexandria made up at the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE as a spoof of the Hindu concept of Trimurti. For the record, spoof stands for a trick played on someone.
Notice also that in the first sentence of the quote from the Genesis we are told that the Lord "came down." In the last sentence, however, we are told the Lord invites his team of gods to "let us go down ..." Apparently, they did not have good editors in those days. It is either that or these individuals were hovering above Earth before they went down. You'll figure that out when and if you read the book.
Last but not the least "the truth about their history as a people, about the history of their land and about the history of their respective religion" Israeli and the Palestinian people are to become aware of in order for the conflict to end is revealed throughout the book. Knowledge tends to be the cure for all of our problems, and everything suggested in this passage is explained in detail somewhere else in the book.
The book is still being edited by the author.