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Israel’s Future
by Steven E. Meyer

Article Summary: 

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is one of the most dangerous and long-running crises in modern times. The entire Middle East is changing more fundamentally than any time since the end of World War I, and the domestic environment in Israel is splintering more than at any time since its founding in 1948. Since the collapse of peace talks last spring and the violence last summer between Israel and Hamas, tensions have gotten worse and the two sides are even further apart. Israel has become more insular and withdrawn, frustration has built among the Palestinians, and anger rises on both sides.

This conflict comes as close to being hopeless as any issue on earth, and leaving it to the international diplomatic process has done little to bring about real resolution. Characterized by almost perpetual violence, stubborn arrogance by the protagonists, and staggering incompetence by Western state institutions, the region likely will not heal without the concerted effort of the Christian community.

What are some of the historical and contemporary complexities that have stymied international efforts thus far to achieve a peaceful solution? How can Christians pursue the biblical calling to be peacemakers in one of the world’s most intractable conflicts?