What Does Real Estate Have to Do With the Gospel? – Greg Albrecht

From the Winter 2010 Plain Truth – Greg Albrecht

For decades she put world leaders on the spot, skewering them with blunt, penetrating questions. But it was an outspoken answer she gave which forced 89-year-old Helen Thomas to retire as dean of the White House press corps.

This past May, Thomas, a Lebanese-American who grew up in Detroit was interviewed by Rabbi David F. Nesenoff, a Long Island-based filmmaker. Thomas already had a history, describing Israel as a nation that “oppresses a helpless people with its military power and daily humiliation.”

Responding to questions posed by Nesenoff, Thomas said that Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine.” Her comments and perspective were based on her beliefs regarding the rightful owners of the land. “Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land. It’s not German, it’s not Poland’s.” When asked where she felt the Jews in Israel
should go, she replied “Go home.”

Few issues polarize individuals as much as the tiny sliver of land, barely big enough on most maps, to write the word “Israel.” The issue goes to the heart of religious prejudice and animosity—and at its foundation the argument swirls
around ownership of the land.

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