Podcast of the CBC’s “The Current” for January 29, 2009:
The above is a podcast of the CBC’s 19-minute interview with Jimmy Carter on his take on the latest Gaza war and what the hopes of peace are. The interview took place on January 29.
The following is a quote from the above podcast:
“The U.S. envoy to the Mideast turned his attention to the western-backed Palestinian government in the West Bank today, as rockets were fired into southern Israel and Israeli warplanes attacked new targets in Gaza. The flare-up of violence underscores the need to shore up the fragile 11-day-old ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
It hardly seems like a promising moment for talks about lasting peace. Unless of course, you’re Jimmy Carter. Thirty one years ago, he brokered the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt … the first-ever peace agreement between Israel and an Arab nation.
And now — in the wake of some of the worst fighting in the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict — the former United States President sees a unique window for ending it, once and for all.
He lays out his ideas in a new book. It’s called We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work. And Jimmy Carter joined us this morning from New York.”
I have read Carter’s book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, and my parents, Ernest and Marian, are buying me Carter’s new book We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work for my birthday. Thanks Dad and Mom!
I don’t agree with everything that Carter brought out in his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” but Carter does bring a more balanced view to the table on the Palestine issue that you well get from your typical Premillenial Dispensational Protestant. You will also find a good entry in Wikipedia on Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid that gives the book balance.
Stand With Us a pro-Israeli Website has published a PDF booklet which is a rebuttal to 17 of Carter’s claims in his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”. I think this PDF offers relevant information.
I reject the Protestant teaching that the Jews are still the people of God and entitled to all the land of Palestine. John tells us that all people who reject Jesus as the Christ (the Messiah) are antichrist. “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” 1Jn 2:22.
You can’t be both God’s people and antichrist at the same time. The children of the God are those who put their trust in Jesus as the Messiah and have been born again (Joh 3:5) by grace through faith (Eph 2:8,) which is brought with godly sorrow and repentance (2Cor 7:10). Christ doesn’t have two brides — the Jews and the church. He has only one bride that is made up of all peoples, both Jews and non-Jews, that have trusted in Jesus as their personal Saviour.
I would also hold that the Protestant Premillenial Dispensational view, which teaches that the book of Revelation is about a literal war in the last days, is unbiblical. This teaching holds that after the Jews are all converted to Christianity during the 7-year tribulation period, there will be a war with the Arab nations called the battle of Armageddon.
This teaching is responsible for many of the unsound foreign policies of the United States government in the Middle East and their unwavering support of Israel through the establishing of their nation by acts of genocide and with the on-going war crimes and disproportionate military actions against the Palestinians.
I should add that the Palestinian militants have also committed war crimes against the Israelis by targeting Israeli civilians with their rockets and suicide attacks and also by launching rocket attacks from civilian areas. I personally condemn the actions of both the Israeli war machine and the Palestinian militants.
I hold that those who are not willing to condemn the actions of both sides are either misinformed or too biased to see straight.
I hope you enjoy the above podcast; and if you get a chance check out one or both of Carter’s books. Shalom!