In the popular novel Crisis Point, the infamous Bilderberg Group finds themselves in one heck of a pickle, and one of the solutions on the table is to concede part of the Holy Land in Israel to the Muslims as a peace offering. The idea was pretty radical when the book was published, but amazingly enough, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has gone on record making controversial comments that echo the sentiments in the fictional novel.
Olmert says that the only way peace will ever be achieved in the country and region is if Jerusalem is partitioned off with certain areas deeded to the opposing sides. Now, if you don’t know any better, this may be one of those “Well, duh!” moments, but the conflict in Israel and specifically Jerusalem stems upon the problem that three very powerful and influential world religions all insist that the same area is the Holy Land for their faith. The Dome of the Rock is the famous Muslim mosque built over the site of the Jewish temple. Then, of course, Christians consider the area to be holy as well, mainly because of their namesake Jesus Christ’s ministry, and subsequent crucifixion, in the area. So, basically, a very small land area is pivotal to three of the largest religious sects in the world.
The conflict exists mainly between the Jewish people and the Islamic community. The Christians don’t have as clear-cut of a beef about the Holy Land, but they fall on the side of the Israelis simply because Christianity is still an offshoot of Judaism when it all is said and done. After all, Jesus Christ was famously a Jew.
The comments by Olmert may seem sensible, but in Israel, it’s borderline on blasphemous talk. Many Jews feel like conceding part of their state to the Palestinians would be almost like endorsing their claim to the land in the first place. Olmert’s comments are the first time any major leader of Israel, current or not, went on record discussing the possibility of partitioning the holy city. Current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a more traditional view of the conflict and has no intentions of discussing divvying up the Israeli state. It will be interesting to see how Israel’s people respond to Olmert’s comments.