The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 8, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012


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Israel, Palestinians could still reconcile



I watched the television show it all — residents of Palestine, abandoning their homes and going to a place directed on a leaflet ... how did Palestine and Israel get to this point? We must go back, back, back to the burial of Abraham.

During Abraham’s lifetime, he had flocks and herds and also wells dug in present-day Palestine. Then came the day God called Abraham home.

Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. (Gen. 25:5) Unto the sons of the concubines Abraham gave gifts and sent them away while he yet lived to the East Country. (Gen. 25:6)

On the day of Abraham’s burial Isaac and Ishmael buried him — together — in a cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron, the son of Zohar, the Hittite. (Gen. 25:9)

This had to be a very touching event. The brothers were reconciled and were prospering. (Ishmael had 12 children — one of 12 cities and towns fulfilling the promise God made to Hagar when she departed from Abraham’s house permanently.)

Each year, on a certain day, I conduct a memorial service at my family cemetery. On that day, decorations were made and the family bonds strengthened.

Wouldn’t it have been great if Israel and Palestine had a yearly memorial service? Well, it still isn’t too late to start.

I recommend that the leaders of Israel and Palestine jointly place a large wreath of flowers and have their memorial service — perhaps on Dec. 7 at Machpelah.

During the memorial service they could discuss the Palestinian Covenant which is:

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: Therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live. (Deut. 30:19)

And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that they mayest live. (Deut. 30:6)

8: And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord and do all the commandments which I command thee this day.

Obedience brings prosperity and blessings: (9) And the Lord thy God will make thee prosperous in every work of this land, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of the cattle, and in the fruit of the land, for good: For the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers,

10: If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes, which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

Deuteronomy 30:9 indeed guarantees success for anyone who enjoins themselves to the covenant. Iron Clad. Guaranteed. Why not?



William Roger Smith

Pineville