Sometimes I wonder where the sane people are. Surely there are some out there somewhere.
It wasn’t enough that the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Security and Cultural Organization) had the audacity to put forth a committee vote to re-name all of Israel’s very Jewish religious sites, they pushed it through to a formal vote in spite of the uproar from nations around the world. How can you do that? How can you, in a country that is predominately one religion, go in and say ‘nothing in this country pertains to your religion’? Furthermore, they chastised Israel from trying to protect her holy sites from Muslims!
So what would the world think if suddenly there was a UNESCO vote to deny Brazil’s ownership of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, or China’s Great Wall, or Egypt’s Pyramids or any other sacred site of the twenty-six nations voting against Israel? What would happen then? Most likely, nothing. The fingers always point at Israel. The hatred is always directed toward Israel.
Most likely the causation for this issue to even be brought before UNESCO was the fact that Jews have been trying to pray on their Temple Mount. There has been an ever increasing move, by Jews and Christians alike, that both faiths should have the freedom to pray there just as the Muslims do. The Temple Mount is a Jewish site. It has belonged to the Jews even before King David established his reign in Israel. It has belonged to the Jews through wars, famines, pestilence, and the quietude of no one caring about the barren wasteland for generations. Then the Jews came home!
I am a Christian and frequent flyer to Israel and I have had to get special permission to even go on the Temple Mount. Once on the Temple Mount, if they are allowed to go there, Christians and Jews are followed around. If their mouths move and they even look like they are praying, the Muslims start screaming for the police to throw the perpetrators off the Mount! Yes this peaceful religion called Islam will not allow any other religion the peace and quietude of walking on the Mount let alone praying there.
As a Christian visiting Israel, I have the right to pray anywhere except the Temple Mount. Jews, whether they are citizens or visitors of Israel, have the right to pray anywhere except their own Temple Mount. And Muslims, yep – them too! Muslims have the right to pray anywhere in Israel, including the Temple Mount. Where, or where, does this type of UNESCO vote come from? The depths of anti-Semitism and hatred have to be the source.
Additionally, the Mexican Ambassador to UNESCO, Andres Roemer, a Jew, was the only national leader that had the intestinal fortitude to walk out of the voting session. He seriously considered rendering his resignation to the Mexican government but was talked out of it by the Israeli government encouraging him to stay. He has since been fired by Mexico.
So how will this all end? God knows. In the end, God will have His way! Whether this vote is the torch the lights the fire toward WWIII or the final battle against Israel, I don’t know. I do know, I will remain on Israel’s side as that is the only safe side to be on. I am thankful that I have that knowledge. What about you?