On the latest episode of my podcast, I sent a message to the people affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Below is an edited transcript of that message. You can listen to the full episode HERE.
Peace is Possible: Transcript
I do not understand the pain and the fear that you live in. And I don’t know what it’s like to have my family killed, or my neighborhood turned into a war-zone. I don’t know what it’s like to live in a region where there is constant war and oppression going on. But I can tell you what I do understand, and I think it’s something that everyone can understand because, in some way shape or form, we’ve all been in a situation where bad things have happened… What we can all understand is the feeling of just wanting the chaos to end. Just wanting conflict to be over with.
I want to tell you something today that may seem like a contradiction. When it comes to this conflict, I support Israel. And I also support Palestine. I do not, however, support Hamas. And I don’t think anyone who believes in peace and who wants peace for themselves or their family or their country – I don’t believe anyone who holds peace dear to them – can support Hamas. I don’t think anyone who has taken off the rose-tinted glasses support Hamas. It is fairly clear now that Hamas is an incredibly reckless and destructive organization whose only goal is complete political, geographical, and cultural victory. And they do not care who they take down in that quest for victory – not even if it’s their own people, who voted them in.
I understand the feeling of being betrayed by your government. I understand the feeling of fearing your government’s activities. Because our government here in the United States is a lot like yours in Palestine – we elected the wrong people. And now we are seeing the effect of that.
Let me tell you what I believe: I strongly believe in a world where Israel can stand with Palestine, united against tyranny, as friends. But here’s what you must do first: If you want peace like I want peace, you must first denounce your fraudulent leaders – get them out! Whether by force or by the vote, get Hamas out! Replace them with people who just want the best, people who are willing to forge friendships. People who have the primary goal of peace and prosperity. Disconnect yourself from the hatred. Come together with Israel and make historic compromise like the world has never seen before.
You have to understand that your two nations will never agree on everything. But what I believe you have to do is make a pact with each other – a pact that says ‘we will not despise each other because of our differences, but we will try our hardest to love each other, because that’s what our God has called us to do. Whether you are a Muslim, a Christian, or Jewish – every religion is united in the idea that we should come together and love each other. In my faith, it’s called ‘loving thy neighbor’ and ‘treating others as you would want to be treated.’
Coexist with your fellow man and get over your differences.
Peace is possible with understand and detachment from destructive things, destructive thoughts, but most importantly, destructive people. If you get rid of Hamas, you get rid of this conflict. You get rid of a future of destruction and hate. Peace is possible, and I hope and I pray that the people of Israel and the people of Palestine come together, stand together, and make that pact.