Until They Learn to Forgive

When it comes to Israel, no one has ever found me to be at a ‘loss for words’. Truth be told, I am frustrated that I don’t have the time to say everything that I have to say. That means that I need to pick and choose what to say. I like to think that this means that you get the best of what I have to say.

This morning, as I was thinking about what to say, that morning’s list was growing by the moment. Think each morning’s list as my daily dose of ‘shock and awe’. Anyway, the list. It was growing. At the same time, I was listening to the radio. Multitasking.

Then I heard something that rocked me back on my heels.

James MacDonald was on the radio, and he always has something insightful to say. He is an insightful (even inciteful) speaker, and I think that y’all should listen to what he has to say.

But, he doesn’t speak on geopolitical issues. He doesn’t analyze political events. He doesn’t comment on peace in the Middle East.

What he does comment on is (among other things) the human heart.

Those of you that know me well, know that I often say that a study of the Arab-Israeli conflict is a study of the human condition and a study of who we are. So, it shouldn’t surprise you that MacDonald made me sit up and think.

Here is what he said: 

There are no enduring relationships without forgiveness.

He went on to say that if you are in a relationship of longer than a year, you have had to exercise forgiveness. In fact, the longer you are in a relationship with someone, the more that you have to forgive.

You cannot have any relationship with ANYONE without forgiveness.

For the Palestinians and the Israelis to be at peace, they must forgive each other. I know Israelis and know that they DO have an immense capacity to forgive. However, I know Palestinians too. Unfortunately, they DO NOT have a capacity to forgive.

True, you could point out many, many exceptions to the above. I know that, but the exceptions are not what we are looking for. The principle still stands.

The Palestinians will never know peace until they learn to forgive. 

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