Here is a scenario and question for you: You wake up tomorrow morning and to your utter astonishment your paper’s front page reads: “Religion Ceases to Exist in the Middle East”. Will this increase or decrees the chance for Peace between the Arabs and the Jews?
Here is what some good folks over at facebook had to say when I posted my hypothetical scenario and question to them:
Shalom Roi, The scenario you describe would be the perfect setup for a false “peace” that would merely become “the calm before the storm”, and then with everyone doing “what’s right in their OWN eyes” outside of moral guidelines, there truly would be hell on earth such as has not been seen since the days of faithful Noach just before the Flood…..
If there is no more religion in the middle east then there definitly wudnt be any problems between arabs and jews .. and that only because jews will cease to exist .. since jews refer to people who follow judaism.. which is a religion and thus doesnt exist..
I do think religion plays a major role, I think the Jerusalem and the settlers issues would be easier to accept for both sides, there would be no groups like hamas and islamic jihad, hence much less terrorist attacks….
This is my view. The whole conflict is based around the concept of religion. Time and time again you see Jewish settlers and Muslim Palestinians over the news. Religion, if one believes in it, is supposed to be peaceful, the whole Palestine/Israel conflict seems to contradict that notion…..
I think if anything it would cause more violence. These people believe in their religion so much, i think if they found out that it wasn’t real they would probably lash out against their counterparts whom they already hate….
In my opinion, I think religion doesnt play a great role in the conflict. Jews and Muslims lived togeather under each others rules in Madina with the prophet (pbuh)…..
The issue here is tolerance, not religion. No matter what you call your creator, if you call it God, Jesus Christ, Allah, Science, Mother Nature, or a host of other names.. the simple fact is that we are all brothers and sisters of the SAME creation. Jews and Arabs weren’t created by different forces. We all have the common brotherhood of humanity and should peacefully work toward achieving more tolerant societies. Neither religion preaches intolerance and hatred yet it exists. So i think without those guiding forces a similiar conflict would still exist. It would certainly have a different origin. the same sort of conflict could exist over economics, capitalism vs. socialism. The FARC in Colombia have been fighting for 40 years over economics of their country. The U.S. have been waging a much more silent, yet still just as real) economic war against Cuba for 50 years. I think it comes down to tolerance.
I’m a Christian, but I believe God gave Israel to the Jewish people. Although he took it away at times throughout history, he always returned the Jews to their land, because it is rightfully theirs….
The conflict has very little to do with religion anymore- yes Judaism always ‘yearned for a return to Zion” and Jerusalem is a Holy City for the Muslims too. But I think the conflict has moved beyond religion. Its about land, power, racial supremacy and pride. On the other hand if there was no longer a Koranic quote that states “”The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” Then maybe there could be peace. Because after the Arabs wouldn’t be fighting for an Arab and there Muslim majority. Don’t know its a difficult question……I sometimes think that if Israel was a Christian country rather than a Jewish one the conflict would be no different. Look at what happend to the Coptic Christians in Lebanon. Not much different in some ways.Advertisements