- Pathfinder

Reply To: Have you ever been told that supporting Israel prevents you from supporting Palestinians? After taking this course, how would you go about responding to false accusations like this?

Michael Lucchese

Yes, I have been told this before. I think there are four steps I learned from this course:

1. Own my bias — explain that I am a pro-Israel, American Christian and all three parts of this identity undoubtedly influence my views.

2. Affirm the morality of the Jewish state — according to my principles as a Western liberal and a Christian, I believe it is fundamentally just to establish a homeland for the Jewish people in the Middle East.

3. See the big picture — I have to admit the complexity of these questions, and recognize that many people have many reasons for supporting various policies. It is not a simple question of good versus evil, it is something more complex.

4. Build tangible friendships — only by learning about and knowing other people can I hope to be a useful participant in a peace-building, Kingdom-expanding process.