Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Blog

by Abraham Hassan

The great Ronald Reagan said it best when he addressed the world from the base of the Brandenburg Gate. “Today I say: As long as this gate is closed, as long as the scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the question alone that remains open, But the question of freedom for all mankind.”

A wall cannot forever be used to keep evil out for it also cages in the good. A solution must be brought that insures that the people of Palestine and Israel are guaranteed the simple fundamentals of human rights.

The issue of relations between Palestine and Israel is blanketed by a cloak of political propaganda. Washington, rather than siding with the people, acts as a puppet whose strings are controlled by the whims of politicians from both parties who only seem to take interest in this crucial matter when the polls fall in its favor. Rather than ensuring the promise of peace for the Palestinian and Israeli people, the world addresses the issue only when headlines are made. Far beyond the bright lights of a debate stage and the newspaper headlines, the issue pushes on. It’s time the people mattered more than political agenda. Neither candidate sufficiently answered my question. Instead, they hide behind a silk screen of blame, even sinking to rewrite history in a misconstrued timeline. History is not an entity that can be molded to work for a TV script, that misinterpretation is incredibly careless. “An invented people” is a callous attack of words on Palestinians and deserves more than a sidestepping response from men of such esteem. Peace must be fought for - not just for those who have perished on both sides, but rather for the children of these two countries, who deserve to know what peace feels like.

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” - Abraham Lincoln.

I have been asked why be a Republican when the view of the Party on this issue is so clearly decided. In response to that, it is a mere hope that a different viewpoint can eventually bring more empathy and understanding towards the plight of the Palestinian people. I stand with the Republican Party on most political aspects. I am socially and economically conservative. Like a disagreement among family, I will push the one issue we disagree on until there is open dialogue. You don’t turn coat the moment adversity stands in your way.


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