I recently read an article entitled, Biblical Shomron: Israel’s Strategic, Peaceful and Beautiful Heartland. In it is the story of the Shomron Regional Counsel’s success in developing areas where Jews and Palestinians work peacefully side-by-side. The area is called the West Bank, but in Biblical terms, it is Samaria.
This area is targeted by the BDS movement, an effort to boycott, divest and sanction Israeli companies for the purpose of “helping” the Palestinians. But the truth is, if these companies were shut down, more Palestinians would be out of work than Israelis! That’s one of the things that makes the BDS movement so ridiculous!
I have been to this area and I have seen Jews and Palestinians working peacefully side-by-side and it is such a refreshing sight! Peace is possible when left to the citizens themselves. It is when the Palestinian Authority and/or Hamas get involved that things turn south, as they have in the ongoing conflict at the Gaza border.
If only the citizens were allowed to seek a better living, Israel would give them that! Those who do have the opportunity to live and work in the Shomron region bear testament to that!
Please pray for the people of Gaza. The oppression (and brainwashing) is so intense, violence is all they know. Pray they will find the freedom enjoyed by their countrymen in the Shomron region.
BTW – the Jewish “settlements” in the West Bank we hear so much about on the news look like this: