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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Israel Asks for Muslim Troops?

This is a brilliant idea and an olive branch of a peace offering from Israel to its surrounding neighbors. With Israel having the guts to offer even such a proposal says a lot about their country and their intentions in the region. By no means is this offering from weakness or an inability to defend themselves. This olive branch is a genuine gesture for peace with its neighbors.

It tells the world that Israel wants peace rather than war. The details of where the Muslim troops come from can be worked out later but this is a remarkable start towards a legitimate cease fire and the savings of hundreds if not hundreds of thousands or even millions of innocent lives. (See my post over at the Gun Toting Liberal.)

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli government said Saturday it is asking friendly Muslim countries to contribute troops to the U.N. force that is to help police the cease-fire in southern Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah.
The U.N. wants Muslim troops included to lend credibility in the region to what so far is a mostly European force, and the predominantly Islamic nations of Indonesia, Bangladesh and Malaysia have offered to participate.
But none of those recognize Israel, which says it would be reluctant to share intelligence with a force that included Muslim nations it doesn't have relations with. While Israel does not have any veto, its opposition to a country could influence which troops are included.
– Washington Post

Now it is up to Hezbollah to offer an olive branch of peace. The likely chance of that happening is slim but there is a remote possibility. They have to want to end the madness of war more than they want to have hate in their hearts.

I give Israel credit for even proposing it. Now let us see if Hezbollah has a clue as to recognize a peace offering or not? Should they agree that this is a genuine peace offering then the tension in at least one part of the Middle East will subside for a bit.

No matter what God you pray to, be you Christian, Hebrew or Muslim you need to do a little overtime on the prayers for this to have a chance.


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