"Under a 7-year attack, Israeli town's identity is formed." Sderot has drawn global attention and support for Israel. By Ethan Bronner. New York Times News Service. deseretnews.com. April 6, 2008.
SDEROT, Israel — This long-neglected immigrant town a mile from Gaza, pounded by Palestinian rockets for the past seven years, is taking on a new identity, edging into the center of Zionist consciousness as a symbol of the nation's unofficial motto: "Never Again."
The people whose land they've stolen keep firing rockets at them and they just don't understand it. The people who are killed more than 10 to 1 just keep firing rockets at them and they just don't understand it. They live by the motto of "Never Again," but they steal land.
Hear what I'm saying. The only way to "Never Again" is the golden rule. Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. — Matthew 7:12. The fastest way to "Again and again" is the opposite of the golden rule. Now, is Olmert preaching the golden rule to you all in Israel? No, he's not. He's preaching the opposite.
If you think the rockets are bad now, just wait if you keep choosing and following leaders who are anti-golden rule. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. — Leviticus 19:18. Now, who are thy people? Aren't the Palestinians your cousins? I know they are and so do you. So, are you on God's side? I know you're not and so do you. Turn, people. Wake up.
Are your cousins the Palestinians doing right by firing rockets at you even though you've stolen their land and homes? No, they are not right. However, who has the greater sin? How many Palestinians have been killed for each Israeli? How many innocent Palestinian children were driven from the land and maimed and murdered by Israelis who coveted the land? Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house. — Exodus 20:17. And who's your neighbor? Who was your neighbor when your people moved back into Palestine? Did you covet your neighbor's house? I know you did and so do you.
What are you supposed to do? You know what you're supposed to do. If you don't do it, you'll suffer the very negative consequences. That's a fact. If you're wise, you'll start preaching and practicing the golden rule without deviating. Then you'll be on God's side. That's the way it is.
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