As the paint peels off this artistic display on a street in Beit Jala, a vision dissipates. The writing at the bottom reads sanaoud, roughly, "we will be back again." The notion of reunited families (both Christian and Muslim) is captured in the symbolism. A boat with a Palestinian flag is pushed home by billowing sails.
Just as blustery is the vision of the Israeli right. "Jerusalem Day" is a myth at best; an excuse for a hate parade at worst. Triumphalism brings unity like oppression brings peace.
Fortunately there is a third option. Some might call it a dream. If so, call me a dreamer. One day, when the time is right, heaven and earth will be folded together (see here). I suspect those grasping for a nation of their own and those who are struggling mightily to grip one will be surprised at His indifference to the lines we draw in the sand.
Interested in visiting Israel/Palestine yourself? Pastors, professors, and their spouses are invited to participate in a unique experience. Join us Jan 8-15, 2019, for a rich engagement with the Land of the Bible. Priced at a deep-discount level, this trip introduces leaders to the potential and pitfalls of group travel to this exciting part of the world.