"In King's lifetime, he witnessed the birth of Israel and the continuing struggle to build a nation. He consistently reiterated his stand on the Israel- Arab conflict, stating " Israel's right to exist as a state in security is uncontestable." It was no accident that King emphasized "security" in his statements on the Middle East.
On March 25, 1968, less than two weeks before his tragic death, he spoke out with clarity and directness stating, “peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy."
"I have a dream" for peace in the Middle East John Lewis
Today, Israel's security is at stake yet again. Hamas have been raining down rockets on them from Gaza ever since Israel pulled out in June 2007. Like King I believe that Israel has the right to defend themselves. When Israel, retaliates they always get a bad rap for killing civilians but Hamas use them as shields to protect themselves. You can not blame Israel, they use precise means of defense to get rid of the terrorist threats. Unlike Hamas who seem to use an opposite approach. A ceasefire has been called but how long will it last?
As we remember all that King accomplished in his fight for equality, let us fight for the right for Israel to exist!