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You wouldn't expect Palestinian Christian leaders to embrace a movement that enlists Christian Arabs in Israel's military. And you'd be right.

"Our people struggle with our country for statehood," Boutros Mansour, general director ...

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Michael Snow

November 12, 2013  9:31pm

"Arab Christian youth can better serve Israel by doing two years of service in civilian hospitals and schools. " Amen. And let us remember Charles Spurgeon's poignant words: " I always rejoice to find a soldier a Christian, but I always mourn to find a Christian a soldier,... The followers of Christ in these days seem to me to have forgotten a great part of Christianity." http://spurgeonwarquotes.wordpress.com/

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Howard Pepper

November 05, 2013  5:07pm

Interesting development... makes sense that it may hold promise. And well-stated comment, James. I know relatively little about actual "on the ground" conditions in any of Israel and the West Bank, Gaza. But I have often heard that in many areas where Arabs and Jews do mix in the region, they tend to have harmonious and sometimes very friendly relations.... Makes sense. Often the problems exist mainly on the theoretical and political levels more than people-in-the-street levels. When people have or choose to actually live with one another, without dividing walls or acted-out-animosity, they generally find ways to "just get along" and sometimes better than that! What is poisonous and counter-productive generally in today's world is "purist" kinds of movements that seek to only be with one's "tribe", religious group, etc. (unless it's the rare convent or monastery, and such).

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Rick Dalbey

November 05, 2013  2:59pm

James, for once we agree 100%. "But it is pretty much slam-dunk certain that a Muslim state in place of Israel would be that at least unjust to ALL religious minorities living within it. A Jewish parliamentary democracy can be improved; a Muslim theocracy in its place, not." Amen.

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James Cowles

November 05, 2013  12:45pm

Israeli citizens of whatever religion have a deep & vested interest in defending Israel. Suppose -- this is NOT a prediction, and I don't think it will ever happen, but just suppose ... -- the state of Israel were overrun by military action on the part of one, or some combination, of its Muslim Arab neighbors. Would the resulting state that would be created in place of Israel afford Israelis -- Jewish, Christian, Muslim, secular, etc. -- with ANYTHING APPROACHING the liberties prevalent in the present Israeli state? We can and should, and I do, criticize Israel severely for its treatment of Palestinians in its midst. But it is pretty much slam-dunk certain that a Muslim state in place of Israel would be that at least unjust to ALL religious minorities living within it. A Jewish parliamentary democracy can be improved; a Muslim theocracy in its place, not.

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