The Religious Question

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

         THE PEACE DEAL SIGNED THIS WEEK AT THE WHITE HOUSE BETWEEN ISRAEL, BAHRAIN AND THE UAE IS HISTORIC. THE MEDIA PREDICTABLY TREATED IT AS SOMETHING LESS THAN A BIG DEAL. A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL SAID IT WAS “GOOD, BUT NOT THAT GOOD.

         ANY STEP TOWARD REDUCING TENSIONS IN THE REGION IS WELCOME AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SAID THERE WILL BE MORE TO COME.

         ONE ELEMENT THAT NO REPORTER HAS ASKED ABOUT IS THE RELIGIOUS COMPONENT. EVER SINCE ISRAEL WAS RE-ESTABLISHED AS A MODERN NATION IN 1948, MUSLIM CLERICS, MUSLIM LEADERS, MUSLIM MEDIA AND MUSLIM TEXTBOOKS HAVE DECLARED ISRAEL AN ILLEGITIMATE OCCUPIER OF PALESTINIAN LAND. THEY HAVE ALSO SAID ALLAH HAS COMMANDED JEWS BE KILLED. IRANIAN LEADERS STILL SAY SO.

         IN THIS RECENT AND POSSIBLY FUTURE DEALS, WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE ASK THESE LEADERS IF ALLAH HAS CHANGED HIS MIND ABOUT JEWS AND ISRAEL? OR IS THIS A TACTIC BY RADICAL ISLAM TO DO WHAT FIVE WARS AND NUMEROUS TERRORIST ATTACKS HAVE FAILED TO ACHIEVE? I HOPE THE PEACE IS REAL, BUT THE QUESTION MUST BE ASKED. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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