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94 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, from within Evangelicalism...
Gary Burge has written a book that fills a void that is existent in Evangelical publishing circles.
The book is rightly described as 'bold' because it seeks to challenge many ingrained assumptions Evangelicals hold in regard to the State of Israel. Still, it should be noted that Burge is relatively conservative on the subject when compared to publications of other...
Published on October 9, 2003 by sammymountjoy

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1.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Attempt
I have to admit, I can't bring myself to finish this book. Although I understand and love the authors attempt at finding a non-biased middle ground, I believe he missed the mark. I think the one piece missing in his understanding is that of fear. Until you have felt the fear of living in Israel I don't believe you can truly understand this conflict. The heart and soul of...
Published on February 17, 2011 by Scott


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37 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be misled. Read your Bible., September 9, 2003
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The contents of this book reveal an alarming ignorance in relation to the eternal covenant proclaimed by Almighty God to the Jewish people, namely the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Granted, as one reviewer states, the initial possession of the Land was dependant upon their obedience to God, and hence their diaspora/expulsion from the Land during the Roman occupation.
However, their promised return to the Land during the end times, declared by the Lord God of Israel in the Scriptures shows no such dependency. In Ezekiel Chapter 36 verses 22-24 this is made clear. The Old Testament prophet declares that God will gather the Jews from all nations and return them to their own Land. He declares that �I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name�s sake�.�
Of course this in no way excuses the Israeli government of any wrongdoings or any other government for that matter. Yet this book only concentrates on making a plethora of allegations against the Jewish state of Israel whilst going out of it�s way to align itself with the Palestinian side.
The contents of this book do not bear a thorough examination by Scripture. It is indeed a case of more anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism being hidden behind a mis-interpretation of Scripture.
Prayerfully read your Bible and you will discover the true place of the Jews, their state and their return to their Land, and what God (not politicians) have to say about the matter.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Politics disguised as Religion, March 16, 2005
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Lyone Fein "dr lyone" (Columbus, OH United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians (Paperback)
In general, Gary Burge does a great disservice to his readers by both presenting an intentionally distorted view of the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinian entity, and by passing off his traditionally anti-semitic views as some kind of new political thinking. Those who will be most convinced of his argument and agenda will be those who are ignorant in regard to two intersecting aspects of history: the ongoing themes and forms of Christian anti-semitism, on the one hand, and the actual history of the tiny region that Burge writes about, on the other. (To address these gaps, it is recommended that those who read Burge's book also read "Constantine's Sword" by James Carroll and "From Time Immemorial" by Joan Peters. Neither of these authors is Jewish, BTW.)

The three biggest problems with Burge's book are: 1. Significant and Selective Omission; 2. Equivocating Moral Standards; 3. Christian Interpretation of Jewish Scripture.

Firstly, Burge overlooks a huge portion of the facts, as they pertain to the actual origins of the people who identitfy themselves as Palestinian. He neglects to inform his readers of significant elements in the formation of the Palestinian identity, not the least of which (for example) is the fact that Yassir Arafat's uncle, the grand Mufti of Jerusalem, spent all of WWII in Berlin with Hitler, training battalions of Muslim Nazi troops. He also leaves out the background of how it is that the Palestinians ended up living in Gaza and the West Bank. Burge also omits--and twists--the reasons why the majority of Palestinian Christians have left the region. These reasons are overwhelmingly due to the prejudice and hostility (including acts of mob violence) that have been directed at them from the Palestinian Muslim community. In addition to Burge's twisting of the facts regarding the dangers faced by Palestinian Christians, he also neglects to discuss the extreme limits placed on their religious freedom by their Muslim brethren. It is historical fact that, to this very day, Israel is the only nation in the region that allows unfettered access to all holy sights to those of all faiths. Even now, in Bethlehem, the Christians who live under the Palestinian Authority's rule are obliged to submit to the restrictions of "dhimmi" status. Overall, Burge's work is rife with factual errors and omissions that result in a very warped picture of what the situation in the region is.

Secondly, the author (along with many in the UN and the EU) curiously expects that Israelis (read "The Jews") should be held to a standard of behavior different than that applied to others on the planet. When murder occurs in Israel, Burge expects Israelis to not respond. Is house demolition a questionable activity? Yes. But really, is it so much more reprehensible than the indiscriminate slaughter of teenagers at a restaurant? Somehow the destruction of terrorist homes is considered a higher crime for Burge than the actions which result in such destructions: terrorist homicide bombings. While home demolitions are certainly inconveniant to those who are left behind after their sons murder innocent Israelis (among whom, have been a number of Arabs, BTW), this property damage is simply not comparable to a bus bombing. Is Israel perfect? Certainly not. But the human rights abuses suffered by Palestinians at the hands of other Palestinians, far exceed--both in number and barbarity--those exercised by Israel. Nowhere does Burge discuss "Honor" killings, public lynchings, the high levels of corruption throughout the Palestinian police, etc. Nor does he raise the question of the estimated $10 billion dollars that Arafat stole from his people--money that primarily came from the US and Israel to be used to build schools, hospitals, infrastructure, industry, etc.

Thirdly, Burge justifies his overall viewpoint about Israel's immoral and unjustified behavior by resorting to a practice which is as theologically unjustifiable as it is offensive and ancient. He takes it upon himself to interpret Jewish scripture for Jews. Most significantly, he proports to understand the terms of the covenant between YHWH and Abraham and his children. His reading of the Hebrew Bible is embarrassingly superficial, as he comes to the text with the common Christian prejudice: the Jewish scripture is just the first 80% of the Christian Bible. It cannot stand as a text on its own, and it can only be understood with reference to the last 20% of the Christian Bible. He also seems completely lacking in any knowledge of the way in which Jews and Judaism understands its Bible and the covenant that is (partially) recorded in it.

On the whole, what comes to mind when reading this book is Jesus' own saying: Before you worry about the splinter in your neighbor's eye, you should see to the log in your own eye. Before Christians like Burge and his readers criticize the Jewish understanding of YHWH's covenant with them--which includes the existence of a Jewish State in the holy land--they should see to improving their own spiritual efforts at humility and honesty.
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12 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Theology, March 25, 2007
This review is from: Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians (Paperback)
I rate this 2 stars for those that wish to emerse themselves in some reason to eliminate the Jews. Go ahead. Join the rebellion. For the Jews will survive and will (as it is written) call upon their Messiah thereby fulfilling the 'prerequisite' for the Physical return of King Jesus to destroy this rebellion and set up His Millenial Kingdom from the rebuilt Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount - Bless The Lamb of God that was Slain from The Foundation of the World. There is Nothing you can do about it, (Gods Foreknowledge declares it so) except for one thing - Repent......or (sadly) perish.

Please remember that the Jews (sinners as they are - but all are sinners), are merely the vehicle by which God Almighty uses to fulfill His Redemptive purposes for His fallen Creation (you don't have a problem with the Jews but with JEHOVAH).

I hope The Lord will Bless you!
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33 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful bias. Beware., September 5, 2003
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This book reveals the increasing trend to conceal anti-Semitism behind the more respectable titles of anti-Zionism or anti-Israelism. The book displaying a shocking bias and often virulent hostility towards the Jewish state of Israel and the Israeli Government. I would have much preferred it if the book had openly declared such a stance rather than professing support for Judaism at the outset and then proceeding to reveal it's real stance amidst a plethora of religious euphemisms which eventually show the book for what it really is. I would urge true Christians who read this book to do so prayerfully, with their Bibles open and not to be impressed with theological qualifications. The devil himself knows scripture far better than anyone else and his hatred for the Jewish people and their nation is unsurpassed. Those with little knowledge of the real history of the Palestinian/Israeli issue and the correct place for Israel and the Jews in scripture could easily be misled by this book. Reader be careful.
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20 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Misleading, Highly Selective & One-sided., September 10, 2003
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M. D Roberts (Gwent, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Following an earlier review I have studied this book in even more detail and have gone back to my Bible to analyse the issues brought to the forefront. My opinions have not changed.
At times I sense a genuine concern in this book for Israel and at other times I find myself confronted with an inherent bias and even hostility against Israel.
The contents of this book appear to represent a struggle between someone trying to come to terms with the Biblical status and divine promises to the Jewish people and what are seen as alleged injustices to the Palestinian people and humanitarian issues in the Middle East. The result is support for the Palestinian side and criticism of anyone who would support the Israeli side in the conflict.
The latter are labelled as "Christian Zionists" and it is alleged that they support all the decisions of the Israeli Government. Something which is utterly untrue. Grouped under the aforementioned label are many Christian organisations, all of which are named, plus many learned students of the Bible who have devoted a lifetime of study to the subjects of Israel, the Bible and Biblical prophecy. The contents of the book accuse Christian organisations supportive of Israel of even being involved in politics, or distributing literature of a political nature. Something which the book itself has no qualms in doing when it suits it's own purposes.
It is not mentioned that these so called "Christian Zionists" only support Israel in a Biblical context and in no way condone any alleged "injustices" carried out by the Israeli Government, or any other Government for that matter. The book is alarming in that, whilst making so many demands and judgements in relation to Israel, none are forthcoming in relation to the Palestinian side. The Arab responsibility for the Palestinian issue is not addressed.
Many selective examples are grouped together to pool their hostility towards Israel, including many named Palestinian "Christians". Yet the tragic plight of so many Palestinian Christians under the Islamic rule of the Palestinian Autonomy, where persecution and suffering is an increasing concern, does not receive the appropriate attention. It appears that the prime purpose here is to criticise the Israelis. The official, sworn agenda of the Palestinians under their national charter to eradicate the Jewish state is another such matter not receiving the appropriate attention. An official Palestinian education syllabus that describes the Jewish people as "sons of pigs and dogs" and a charter that replaces every single Israeli town, village and city with a Palestinian equivalent and which makes no provision for the existence of a Jewish state is another pivotal matter not addressed. Instead the book calls for an understanding of Palestinian Moslems and supports the creation of a Palestinian state on land promised in the Bible as an inheritance to the Jews. The latter not being recognised in this book.
The book complicates the simple divine promises to the Jews pertaining to the Holy Land through a selective, theological approach chosen to pursue a specific line of thought that aligns itself with sympathies evident within the contents.
Contents which maintain that any Jewish right/claim to possession of the Holy Land is entirely dependent upon Biblical standards of righteousness, nation-building and justice etc.. (the requirements upon those aliens living in their midst does not receive the same attention).
The requirements upon the Jewish nation were described by the Old Testament prophets in relation to the Hebrews at the relevant time and the rebellion/sin of the Hebrews resulted in their dispersion amongst the nations and the forfeiture of their own nation during the Roman occupation.
However, the Old Testament prophets clearly state that the latter day regathering of the Jewish people has no such conditions attached. Ezekiel 36; v22 to 24 shows that the Jews will be regathered into their "own land", but that God states "I do not do this for your sake O Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations....." Other examples show that the Jews are regathered in an unrepentant state which only changes with the Second Coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, when God states that He will destroy all nations that come against Israel;- ".....then they will look upon Me whom they pierced & will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son...." (Zechariah 12; v9 to 10).
I urge caution upon all those who would form their opinions on this work. It appears to me, perhaps I am wrong, that the Palestinian issue is being used to usurp the fundamental Jewish claim to the Holy Land. One-sided criticism of Israel and politics being used as a two-edged sword. Thank you.
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24 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Veiled Attack Upon "Christian Zionists" Who Stand By Israel., July 18, 2003
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This book presents a cloaked attack upon what are described herein as "Christian Zionists" as well as the State of Israel itself. We are presented with an extremely selective criticism of what is clearly outlined in the Hebrew-Christian Bible pertaining to the Eternal heritage of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.
The tone of this work very much borders on Replacement Theology, promoting an agenda which can but isolate Israel & the Jewish people, and which is utterly devoid of any Scriptural accuracy or depth. Very disturbing when this is supposed to be a book promoting a so called "Christian" perspective.
Even from the cover picture depicting a Palestinian child facing an Israeli tank, the book presents a veiled hostility against the Jews, Israeli Government policy and all those who would support the Jewish State at this time.
A number of renown experts in Biblical Prophecy are named and criticised. Some individual aspects of Biblical Prophecy are even themselves criticised, but no veritable alternative or interpretation is included. I feel that there is also a fundamental lack of understanding pertaining to the heritage of the Jewish people to the Land as outlined in the Hebrew-Christian Scriptures.
A number of named, wonderful Christian/humanitarian organisations who are supportive of Israel also receive much unwarranted, baseless criticism.
Much reference is made here of the "Palestinian issue", but only in an extremely selective manner which is utterly supportive of the Palestinian �cause' and extremely biased and hostile towards the Israelis.
Whilst not exactly going as far as "justifying" Palestinian terrorism and the murder of innocent Israeli civilians, the book pulls no punches in it's tone which alleges that some of the major causes of the strife that has resulted in terrorism and the loss of so many Israeli and Palestinian lives is the "theft of Palestinian land...." etc..
Unfounded allegations are also made in this book that the so called "Christian Zionists" actively support all the political decisions of the Israeli Government and the measures taken to enforce them.
I have come across many books critical of Israel, but I have seldom encountered such a book that uses such a "veiled hostility". Even the security measures upon entering/leaving Israel are criticised, despite their being a fundamental principle of safety & the "war against terrorism".
The Israeli side of the story is largely ignored here, in what I can only, respectfully, describe as a personal attack upon Zionism and Israel.
Having studied the field of Biblical prophecy, Israel & the Holocaust for approaching 30 years I find it difficult in words alone to express the dismay that I felt whilst analysing this work. As a Christian I feel dismayed to find myself reminded that much of the anti-Jewish sentiments prevalent in some elements of the Church during the latter period still exist.
I cannot recommend this book. Thank you.
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9 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Theology Tragedy, October 17, 2010
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This review is from: Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians (Paperback)
If one applies a consistent grammatical historical hermenutic to all of Scripture then they will be Dispensational and a Christian Zionist.

The `replacement theology' church is on the wrong side of the conflict in Israel.

Replacement theology church organizations continue to make rash statements about Israel; call it an occupier; blame it for the Palestinian plight; actively pursue divestments of investments in Israel or in companies that do business with Israel; and side with the Palestinians while never addressing the history of problems perpetrated by the Palestinian leaders, by their own terror groups, or by Arab incitement against the Israelis.

These church groups refuse to address the Palestinian leadership's years of corruption and exploitation, its militancy, its use of terrorism against innocent victims or the fact that Arab leaders are using the Palestinians as pawns in the peace process with the goal of Israel's destruction.

These liberal theologians don't discuss the Arabs' role in the War of Independence in 1948; the Six-Day War in 1967; the Yom Kippur War in 1973; the terrorist bombings under PLO Chairman Yassir Arafat's leadership in the 1990s and the early 2000s; and the ever-growing threat of radical Islam to Israel, the U.S. and the world.

They never mention that Iran is funding Hamas and Hezbollah, two groups that continually call for the elimination of Israel, and they refuse to condemn Iran's leaders' scathing comments about Israel or its development of a nuclear weapon. Instead, they co-sponsored a dinner for Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York City in September 2008.

They don't mention the horrendously violent conflict between Hamas and Fatah; or that in country after country in the Middle East, it's Muslim fighting Muslim.

They don't make statements about the abuse of Muslims by their own people; the horrific wars of Iran and Iraq when 1 million people were killed; the Lebanese war and conflict with Hezbollah; or the violent sectarian conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (to name a few).

They also refuse to acknowledge that in nearly every place on earth where there is war or heavy conflict, it's caused by or carried out by radical Muslims.

They have ecumenical meetings and photo ops with imams, even as Christians are being persecuted and killed by followers of Islam due to their faith in Jesus Christ.

This is Scripture in fulfillment. All the peoples are going to gang up on Jerusalem and the Jewish people and that will sadly include the vast majority in the "church".

"I will gather all the nations, And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land." Joel 3:.2.

"Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah.
"And it will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it." Zech 2:2,3.

"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
"The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed." Ps. 2:1,2.

In the end Israel wins! Sad we have to put up with Satan's ranting and raving in the meantime.

For the Love of Zion

Dispensationalism
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1.0 out of 5 stars Debate this with Paul and the prophets, April 15, 2007
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This review is from: Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians (Paperback)
Strange approach indeed! In this fanciful but dangerous reaction to Christian Zionism--filled with inaccurate assertions which are obvious to all with an open mind to the evidence--Burge naively (or perhaps with guile) employs the same technic he so savagely condemns in his adversaries. He marshals biblical 'evidence' (but without warning the reader that he is omitting prophetical context) in order conveniently to dismiss, yea to remove Israel from the scene (a nice way of putting it). In so doing Burge resorts to the same source that Christian Zionists use, the Bible--but omits biblical texts which do not fit his preconceived agenda. Burge cannot have it both ways and remain credible. But then, theologically he is just carrying the Jewish-Gentile polemic of church fathers to its logical conclusion, rampant today and growing among evangelicals, thanks to Burge and his cohorts.

Too bad such Gentile Christians ignore the stern warning of St. Paul himself, the apostle to the Gentiles, as he concludes his defense of Israel (and not of the church!) in Romans 9-11. In Romans 11:25-29 this learned Jew (Paul) makes it crystal clear when he brings up the 'mystery,' i.e., how would the God of Israel ultimately deliver ethnic Israel (the topic of and reason for writing Romans 9-11 in the first place!)? This 'mystery' had bugged the prophets, yes--still challenged Paul, and remains to be solved in our day. In good rabbinic fashion the apostle throws this 'mystery' directly in the face of a potentially arrogant Gentile church in imperial Rome (which later fulfilled Paul's fear). In doing so the apostle returns to the prophet Habakkuk's 'vision' (with its lingering 'mystery') in the opening verses of Habakkuk 2 and cleverly paraphrases the first half of verse 4 (4a), which happens to precede Paul's favorite phrase, 'the righteous shall live by faith,' in 4b. Verse 4a is Habakkuk's unambiguous condemnation of puffed-up, conceited and elitist Judeans who wanted to tell God 'how to run His show' as Babylon approached. The Jewish apostle Paul, however, does not lay the prophet's stinging rebuke at the feet of the Jews--but rather he places it squarely upon his Gentile audience who themselves are becoming veiled and blinded ('ignorant' in Paul's own words)! Paul could have not said it more clearly--for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Those who gullibly buy Burge's argument will have to debate their warped views with St. Paul and the prophets, yea with our Lord Himself.

PS: And for you who recognize my jump from the Hebrew 'vision' to Paul's Greek 'mystery,' I will only add that this is precisely Paul's point in choosing the word 'mystery' after paraphrasing what the prophet's 'vision' had revealed. Habakkuk's 'vision' was his lesson to have faith in God, but ethnic Israel's ultimate deliverance remained a 'mystery' for Habakkuk, even as it did for Daniel (read chapter 12), for Jesus' audiences, for Paul, for Peter and should for us. Romans 11:25-29 clearly does not solve the 'mystery,' but simply lets his audience know that the 'mystery' is still a mystery--even for Paul. As Jesus said, only the Father ultimately will reveal this 'mystery'--to everyone, from Christian Zionists to replacement theologians. Habakkak and Paul teach us this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Trash, December 3, 2005
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Jill Malter (jillmalter@aol.com) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians (Paperback)
Gary Burge is doing no one any favors with this very misleading book.

He tells us in the introduction that he affirms Israel's right to exist as a nation in the region. And that he rejects Arab violence that targets civilians. I sure don't get that impression from the book, though.

Even in the introduction, Burge taunts those of us who support human rights by asking if a claim from the Bible trumps a claim to historic residence.

Okay, if a few Jews buy some land in what they consider a region of importance to them, who owns it? The Jews who buy it or the people they buy it from? Obviously, the Jews who buy it are the owners. And their moral right to the land ought to be clear not only by their willingness to pay the asking price, and by outbidding other potential buyers, but by their use of the land, and their ability to make it worth what they paid for it.

But Burge implies that only Arabs could be the real owners, and that if Jews are somehow living on such land, they must have stolen it, claiming that some God gave it to them! That's insulting.

Jews were a minority in the Levant in 1947, which is not surprising given the centuries of oppression during which they had been almost entirely banned from the region. Nevertheless, they were a majority (although not by much) in the region assigned to them in the UN's recommended partition of the British Mandate. Burge says that the Jews owned 6% of the Mandate land. That's probably true. But he also says that the Arabs owned the other 94%, and that is a total lie. Arabs didn't own much of the land either. Some land was "Beduin land," and not privately owned, but even including that, the Arabs had well under half the land. A big majority was State land. You may want to look up just how much private property the Jews had and how much the Arabs had in the Jewish portion of the Mandate. I think the amounts were similar, and I am not sure who had more. But it certainly was nothing at all like 94% to 6%.

Even if the Arabs had owned a majority of the land, that would not have been a reason to deny human rights to the Jews, or to deny them a State when the only way to protect those rights was with a State. But Burge wants to pretend that the Jews got something more than they deserved, not less than what they deserved!

If we allowed all human beings to bid for land, buy it, and live on it no matter what their skin color, religion, or creed, the Jews would almost surely (there are over 10 million Jews, and over 5 million Jews in Israel) buy up much more Levantine land than they now are sovereign over. Burge ought not imply that it would be fair and proper to steal land from the land-poor.

What excuse does Burge have for wanting to take land away from the Jews? Well, among other things, he tells us that the Jews don't own it! And that God owns the land (and the water as well)! I wonder if he thinks that God is an Arab.

Well, I don't, um, buy that argument. I'm a Pagan, and as far as I am concerned, not even the Gods and Goddesses own land, let alone the monotheist god. The humans are the owners of the land. They're the ones paying the property taxes. They are the ones who improve the land (or ruin it). The humans are responsible for the land, and I think it is a dereliction of duty for us humans to deny that we own land, thereby relieving us of responsibility for what we do to it.

What about Jerusalem? Burge tries to downplay the Jewish attachment to Jerusalem. But why? The Jews proved their attachment to Jerusalem by keeping it as their capital, by moving there, even in the 19th century, by becoming a majority there by 1880, and by moving there in recent times. If the idea is to give away part or all of Israel's capital, what's next? Ought we give all or part of Paris to the Germans? Or divide or give away London, Washington D.C., Vilnius, Warsaw, or Prague?

There has been plenty of illegal construction in the Jerusalem area in recent times. The bulk of it has been by Arabs. But Burge implies that the Jews are the ones who are illegally building homes. Israel has indeed demolished a small fraction of the illegal homes, but Burge implies that this is pretty much gratuitous destruction, and that the lack of building permits is something of a technicality!

Christians are indeed vanishing from the Middle East, with the possible exception of pre-1967 Israel. In the Arab-administered portions of the Disputed Territories, Christians have been having a particularly tough time. Does Burge blame this on the Muslims? No, he implies that the Israelis are the problem!

A big litmus test for me is the reaction to human rights for those who live in the disputed West Bank. Burge has no problems with the Arab settlers there, but he does with the Jewish ones! He implies that it infringes on Arab rights for Jews to live there. But that's nonsense. We all have neighbors. It does not infringe on our rights for our neighbors to exist!

I do not recommend this book.
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