May 27th, By Joshua Lim Category: Featured Articles This a guest post by Joshua Lim.
Father Custos, with unrest on the Muslim Temple Mount and the terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is increasingly taking on a religious dimension. Do you fear that a national conflict will be turned into a religious one?
There is that risk. On the other hand, one should not forget that this religious dimension has always existed. Religion has always been part of the problem.
Now, there is the risk that the religious dimension will become pre-eminent. But we are not the only ones who are concerned about this. I am under the impression that the respective politicians are working to calm things down.
What is crucial is keeping it as small as possible. Aid to the Church in Need: However, would you agree that the crux of the conflict is still the fight of two peoples for the same piece of land? But like I said, it is not that easy to separate the religious aspect from the national one.
To be a good patriot, you either have to be a good Muslim or a good Jew. You also have to realize that the lay movements on both sides, both in Israel and in Palestine, have become very weak during the past twenty years.
But it is true that religious parties on both sides are working in this direction. Take the national religious parties.
I am not saying that everyone in Israeli society wants this.
But the risk of an increasingly religious dimension is there and we have to do everything in our power to avoid it. Most recently there was unrest on the Islamically administered Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The Jews are trying to enforce their right to pray there.
Up until now, they have been prohibited from doing so, also under Israeli law. Do you believe that this should change? Thus the religion in and of itself is not the problem, but the mixing of religion and politics. However, this is what is happening at the moment.The Greek Orthodox Church is not to be confused with the "Greek Catholic Church," which is a branch of the Roman Church.
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